Posted July 10, 2013

Report: Jay-Z seeks to represent Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig

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Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is reportedly being sought by Jay-Z's sports agency. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is reportedly being sought by Jay-Z’s sports agency. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig is the latest target of rapper turned agent Jay-Z and is possibly looking to add him to the roster of his agency Roc Nation Sports, reports Yahoo! Sports.

According to the report, Puig was invited to a party at a club Jay-Z owns when the Dodgers were in town last month and a Dodgers teammate passed along the rapper’s contact information. Puig reportedly left the meeting intrigued.

Puig, 22, was the National League Player of the Month for June and is hitting .407 with eight homers and 19 RBI in 34 games this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin DurantNew York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith and Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins have already joined Jay-Z’s firm, which is a partnership with Creative Artists Agency Sports launched earlier this year.

More from Yahoo! Sports:

While Puig has spoken with at least one more marketing agency in New York, the prospect of his joining Roc Nation as a client covering both baseball contracts and marketing remains a possibility, sources said.

Jay-Z also is known to be interested in signing another Cuban baseball player, Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, according to a source. Next week, Cespedes will be in New York, Jay-Z’s hometown, for the Home Run Derby, and Puig could be as well if he wins the Final Vote for the last slot on the National League All-Star team.


15 comments
muser
muser

For those who object to the aspect of race in this discussion, why is Jay Z even a consideration for players? Why would he expect any player to work with him when he has no experience in this field whatsoever? Race. He's implying that white agents are bad for black players. His whole business model is built on racism. 

morphy
morphy

If Puig played for a small market club. none of these bandwagons writers would never have heard of him. much less propose him as a Allstar. what a joke.

Theo
Theo

Please let Jay's lifestyle and arrogance catch up with him . . . isn't it only right? He is such a jerk. Him and the POTUS, FLOTUS, and his fat azz wife need to take a nice risky puddle jumper to Cuba and become shark food. Those four deserve it.

Michael10
Michael10

Why would Puig hire Jay-Z when the national sports media already hypes him above every other player in the league for free?

muser
muser

Doesn't every management group seek to represent every player that they can? Why does the media work so hard to give this 21st century Uncle Tom publicity?

DogPuncher
DogPuncher

hmm... a high school drop out that claims to have been a crack dealer and stabbed a record executive, that's who i want negotiating my multi-million dollar contract.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Good luck, Jay-Z. The Good Old Boy Network in the NFL is working against you but keep fighting.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@muser Because he's new and upcoming and he may take a lot of the black players so the money grubbers are scared now. That's why the NFL made sure to find something to use to bar him from taking any of the cash from all the white agents.

GT500456
GT500456

@muser LOL......"21st century Uncle Tom".     Best. Line. Ever.

Dave C
Dave C

@DogPuncher How come he didnt' look to have Ray "Killa" Lewis come and work for him?  They would have been  great together.  Both are double standard racists.

muser
muser

@EasyGoer  I think it might have more to do with the fact that he's a thug..... I promise you the NFL doesn't care what color anyone is, as long as the constant arrests stop and the players still have all the money they deserve to have at the end of their career. 

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@Dave C @EasyGoer Maybe. However, just look at all the posts involving this story, Ask yourself what Ray Lewis, the president, the First Lady and Beyonce have to do with a story about Jay-Z wanting to represent Yasiel Puig. Every day on sites like these, all I read is hate directed at blacks for whatever reason. In the past week, I have seen Ray Lewis', O.J's and Al Sharpton's name in posts dealing with stories that had nothing to do with them. I've also seen Trayvon Martin's name used in an insulting fashion in a post that had absolute nothing to do with the story. I wish 'crack-dealing, high school drop out (sic)' Jay-Z all the luck in the world. I love seeing jealous people hating on an ubersuccessful black man. All of you elitists seem to have Ph.Ds in everything but know absolutely nothing. 

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Well you can believe that but I don't. I saw that two executives from the Broncos got popped for DUIs last week and we barely get a peep out of the commissioner and no posts with hate filled all over them. Wonder why? So, tell me, what "thuggish" things have Jay-Z done recently?