New York Yankees All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano has left super agent Scott Boras to sign with Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation, per a report from ESPN’s Darren Rovell. Here are details:
The company, which will be known as Roc Nation Sports, has signed its first client, the New York Yankees‘ Robinson Cano. Cano, who has left agent Scott Boras, is in the final year of a six-year, $57 million deal with the team.
“At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors on and off the field,” Cano said, in a statement. “I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates.”
Cano, 30, will be the first athlete signed under the Roc Nation Sports brand. Cano will be a free agent following the 2013 season and will likely be the most pursued player in baseball at that point. Jay-Z, who’s real name is Sean Carter, also owns a percentage of the Brooklyn Nets. Here’s an image of Cano signing his contract with Jay-Z, courtesy of LifeandTimes.com:
Signing a player of Cano’s profile could possibly lead to other major clients for Roc Nation Sports, especially if they are able to secure a lucrative deal for the second baseman. For his career, Cano has batted .308 with 177 home runss, 715 RBI’s and 718 runs scored in eight seasons with the Yankees. Cano has hit batted over .300 and slugged over 25 home runs in each of the last four seasos, including a career-high 33 homers in 2012.