Is there any name that brings as much ire or as many curled lips among sports fans and executives as Scott Boras? The mega-agent to the sports stars has fleeced the lining of more than one team, and made fans stark raving mad over players leaving their favorite team for “greener” pastures.
Well, the New York Yankees can put one less Boras-led negotiation on their slate for this year, as second baseman Robinson Canó has reportedly left the Boras family, opting so sign on with Jay-Z‘s company, Roc Nation Sports. Canó will be a free agent at the end of this season and is sure to be paid handsomely by the Yankees (or another team), so this move has to have Boras in a bit of a tizzy right now.
The news was first tweeted by ESPN’s Buster Olney
Filed to ESPN.com:Robinson Cano is changing agents, after quietly looking for new representation, and firing Scott Boras.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 2, 2013
It’s just one player, but this could be a huge blow to the Boras empire, and possibly a trend towards other marquee players making the move away from some of the more detested agency names in the business. Along with Canó, the Boras Corporation also represents a huge number of lucrative clients.
It’s thought that Canó’s contract could tip upwards of around $200 million next year, as he will be one of the most sought after free agents.
Canó, who hit .313 with 33 home runs and 94 RBIs last season with the Yankees, made a statement through the Roc Nation website:
“At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors on and off the field. 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.”
Translation: I’m don’t want to pay someone millions of dollars, not have much say in what I get, and come out looking like the bad guy in the end.
Bravo, Robinson Canó, Bravo.