“Jay-Z doesn’t know sh*t about baseball. You don’t hire a real estate agent to do neurosurgery!!”
Baseball Insiders Mad About Jay Z’s Sport Agency
Via NY Daily News reports:
Baseball oracle Jose Canseco tweeted that Robinson Cano “just gave the Yankees $100 million” on Tuesday after the news broke that the star second baseman had dumped Scott Boras for Jay-Z’s new sports agency.
“Canseco is probably dead on,” said the agent, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Jay-Z doesn’t know s— about baseball. You don’t hire a real estate agent to do neurosurgery.”
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, which has partnered with Creative Artists Agency Sports, announced Tuesday that it has signed Cano as its first client. Cano, who will earn $15 million this year, will be eligible for free agency at the end of the 2013 season.
Boras is known for encouraging players to become free agents rather than sign extensions with their current club. The threat of losing the best player on a roster full of aging and injured players would give Cano a boost in negotiations with the Yankees, the agent said. “The Yankees would love to get this done now,” the agent said.
Jay-Z, of course, will not directly negotiate Cano’s next contract; those duties, according to the Roc Nation Sports announcement, be handled by a team led by CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen.
Wagenen and CAA aren’t exactly chopped liver; they represent Buster Posey, Ryan Braun, Matt Cain and Ryan Zimmerman. All four players have recently signed contract extensions exceeding $100 million.
But the agent said CAA won’t have the same leverage with the club that Boras would have by threatening to take Cano to free agency.
“Can you imagine the hardline negotiations that will take place when Jay-Z walks into (Yankee president) Randy Levine’s office with that Yankee hat he’s always wearing and says his client wants to play with the Dodgers?” the agent said.
The agent suspects Cano was convinced to jump ship because he was intoxicated by “celebrity perfume.”
“Celebrity in baseball comes from performance, but Robinson is looking at Jay-Z and Beyonce to make him a celebrity,” he said. “He is being naïve. The story now is about Jay-Z, not Robinson.
Haters gon’ hate!