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Robinson Cano dumps agent Scott Boras for Jay-Z's company

April 02, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano switched representation Tuesday with free agency looming at the end of the season.
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano switched representation… (Elsa / Getty Images )

New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano fired Scott Boras as his agent Tuesday morning. Rapper Jay-Z announced the formation of a new sports representation group, Roc Nation Sports, on the same day.

In related news, Jay-Z's group already has landed a big-name client: Cano, who will be a free agent at the end of this season unless he re-signs with the Yankees before then.

Roc Nation, an entertainment company that represents such acts as Rihanna, Shakira and Timbaland, is teaming with Creative Artists Agency, which already has a baseball group that says it has negotiated $100-million-plus contracts for Ryan Braun, Matt Cain, Ryan Zimmerman and Buster Posey.

"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."

Boras, known to be one of the most powerful agents in sports, told ESPN on Tuesday that he has not spoken to Cano and would not respond when asked if he was still the 30-year-old player's agent.

ESPN is also reporting that Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, plans to become a certified agent himself.

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