As second baseman for the New York Yankees, Robinson Cano may have 99 problems but needing a good agent ain’t one.
ESPN reports that Cano has left his high-profile sports agent Scott Boras to sign with Roc Nation Sports, a new sports agency founded by Jay-Z.
The new company has come about through a partnership between Roc Nation and Creative Artists Agency. Cano will now be represented by CAA Sports’ Brodie Van Wagenen.
Cano will be making $15 million this baseball season and is currently in the final stretch of $57 million contract.
“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.”
At this point, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says he is not sure how this shift will affect future contract negotiations. Sources also say that Jay-Z plans to become a certified agent, starting in baseball and then moving to basketball and football. This would necessitate, however, that he give up his share of the Brooklyn Nets.
“Because of my love of sports, it was a natural progression to form a company where we can help top athletes in various sports the same way we have been helping artists in the music industry for years,” Jay-Z said.