Posted November 18, 2013

Report: Jay-Z ‘intimately involved’ in Robinson Cano’s free agency

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(Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Robinson Cano hired Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation Sports in April to run his negotiations. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

A man named Brodie Van Wagenen is the agent from CAA primarily dealing with the free agent negotiations of Robinson Cano.

But Jay Z, who founded CAA’s partner Roc Nation Sports, has been “intimately involved in all areas” of the proceedings, Van Wagenen told MLB Network Radio on Sunday.

“That has been true for the last six months,” Van Wagenen said. “It’s certainly true now. Jay is a very, very successful businessman, who has a keen understanding of value, a keen understanding of brands, and a keen understand of what this player, Robinson Cano, wants to accomplish in his career.

“He’s been at the table both in strategy sessions and in preparation,” he added. “And he absolutely has, and will continue to be, involved in the actual negotiations with potential suitors.”

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Cano, who turned 31 last month, is one of the prized free agents on the market, as he’s finished in the top six in AL MVP voting each of the last four seasons. The second baseman, who has a .309 career batting average, has hit at least 25 home runs in each of the last five seasons, and last year had his third 100-RBI season.

“What I think people are starting to recognize as well is that players of this magnitude don’t come along very often,” Van Wagenen said. “And the opportunity to acquire them is limited. And when you want to try to acquire impact, middle-of-the-order, dynamic players, rare talent, you can only do it in a few areas.”

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9 comments
sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

why is Geno Smith in the picture?  Is he going to give the MLB a try?

oasis1994
oasis1994

I love agents and how they have ruined the game of baseball. Jay Z is up there with Borass in my mind now.

The Yankees should let this guy walk and use 2014 as a bridge year. They can build up the farm system this season and give some other guys a chance. If anything, Jeter should be healthy this season. He was not able to lift weights all that much before he came back last season, which lead to all the other injuries he had. A full off season of being able to work out should help much more. Other than that, use the Cano money to sign someone like Infante. You can spend the 30 million Cano wants per season much more economically. 

MrArlington
MrArlington

I honestly can't picture Jay Z having any intellectual conversation.  Someone being a rapper who will sell his name to anything that will pay him a royalty doesn't equal a keen business sense.

Mark112
Mark112

Where did Z  did up that stiff Brodie Van Wagenen? What is he, Danish? When did he get out of the joint? That guy couldn't pass Business 101 and a Cosmetology College.

Mark112
Mark112

Jay Z doesn't know the difference between a balance sheet and an income statement. Cano is not even one of the best/most valuable players in baseball, and will probably go unsigned because Z's demanding price will be far greater than even the Dodgers or Yankees will spend. However, the Mets just might be dumb enough to cough up some significant scratch for a career .309 hitter who's lucky to hit 30 home runs in the home of the cheapest long ball in the Bigs. Cano is already thirty and plays 2nd base for Christsakes. Who can't play 2nd base?

SteelyDon
SteelyDon

@sportsGuy12 he would miss the cut off man about 50% of the time.  He will be on a practice squad or out of the NFL in 3 years.

Ives
Ives

@oasis1994 why and how have agents ruined the game? should the players let the owners make hundreds of millions year in and out while they play for crumbs? america is based on free enterprise, whatever the market dictates they deserve then they should get. Just for the record, Cano wont get 30 mil/season from anybody 20-25 is what he will end up with and Jigga is not a licensed sports agent, he has an ownership stake in the company but he is not an "agent".