Robinson Cano has traded in the ultimate deal maker for the ultimate in star power.
ESPN reports that Cano has fired power agent Scott Boras and will join Jay-Z's new agency, Roc Nation. He is the first athlete to join the agency group, a part of Creative Artists Agency.
CAA already represents athletes such as the Penguins' Sidney Crosby, the Broncos' Peyton Manning and Cano's Yankee teammate Derek Jeter. None of them are under the Roc Nation umbrella, however.
"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 is in the final year of a six-year, $57 million contract and talks had stalled on an extension with the Yankees. Boras, well known in the baseball community for being a ruthless negotiator, reportedly was looking for a long-term deal in the neighborhood of 10 years and $200 million -- similar to deals signed by the Angels' Albert Pujols and Reds' Joey Votto in the past two years.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team had offered Cano a "significant offer" this offseason.
Cano admitted the talks were weighing on his mind even as he tried to focus on baseball.
"I'm just focusing on baseball," Cano told reporters March 3. He admitted it wasn't far from his mind though. "It's never gonna go out of your head, that's all I can say."
For Yankees fans looking for a return, the signing of Cano with New York-native Jay-Z, a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets, is likely a good sign that Cano will be advised to stay with the Yankees.
ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted a picture Tuesday morning of Cano signing the new contract with Jay-Z.
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