As Robinson Cano leaves super-agent Scott Boras to sign with Jay-Z’s company, Roc Nation Sports, the collective sigh of relief can be heard throughout the Bronx.
This move does not guarantee anything, but it sure seems to help the New York Yankees. Cano being the first athlete to sign with a sports agency run by Yankees fan Jay-Z is exactly the break the team needed to get a new contract signed.
As nice as it is to see Cano, or any other player, leave the worst agent in all of sports, there are some questions surrounding this move. Why would Cano leave an agent and a company that is known for getting players more money than they are worth?
Even though Cano has signed with a new company that presumably gives the Yankees a better chance to retain him, there has to be something more to this. Cano saying in a press release that he wants to be more involved in the running of his career just sounds like something his PR team wrote for him.
Cano’s timing with the firing of Boras caught just about everyone in MLB off-guard. With Cano in a contract year, Boras and the Yankees were trying to get a new contract signed before the season started, but the two sides couldn’t agree on a deal — a month later, Boras is fired.
The first thing that comes to the mind of many optimistic Yankee fans is that Cano left Boras because of the direction the talks with the Yankees were headed. Cano going with a lesser-known company like Roc Nation Sports gives the Yankees a better, and possibly less expensive, chance to sign him, but letting Boras go is not something many athletes would do.
This brings up another interesting question – why would an MLB player leave Boras in a contract year? Boras is certainly not the most liked man in sports as far as fans and executives go, but from a player’s standpoint, he would be the man most athletes would want in their corner going into contract talks.
Will this give the Yankees brass some fake form of security that Cano is a shoo-in to come back to the Yankees?
Only time will answer that question, but Yankee fans are already blowing up social media with hope and confidence that this move means Cano is coming back to the Bronx. As college football analyst, Lee Corso would say, “not so fast my friend.”
The Yankees were given a gift from the baseball gods, but they need to act fast and get on this deal now. If Brian Cashman is half as smart as he thinks he is, he should be on the phone with Jay-Z saying “Jay, how do we get Cano in pinstripes? I know you want to see him back with the Yankees too.”
If the Yankees drop the ball on this layup, it is their own fault; 48 hours ago, the thought of Cano coming back to the Yankees next season was looking to be very unlikely.
Who knows why Cano fired Boras, or if he will be back with the Yankees in 2014, but a few things are for sure — it is great someone fired Boras.
Hopefully more players will follow, and the Yankees have a big opening here. For this story to have a happy ending, the Yankees better strike fast and come at Cano and his new agency right, or they will lose him anyway – but now they can’t use the Boras excuse.
The clock is ticking. Hal Steinbrenner and Cashman, your team’s fate for the next five years is right before your eyes. Get this deal done so all Yankee fans have at least one thing to be happy about this season.