Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has fired agent Scott Boras in favor of joining Roc Nation, Jay-Z's entertainment company. Roc Nation has a partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and is getting into sports representation. The news was first tweeted by ESPN's Buster Olney.
Cano will be one of the top free agents for the 2013-14 offseason with the potential to sign a $200 million contract. Other major free agents handled by the Boras Corporation include Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.
From Roc Nation's website:
"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, 30, hit .313/.379/.550 last season with 33 home runs and 94 RBIs with the Yankees. He won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger at second and came in fourth in MVP voting.
ESPN's Darren Rovell reported additional details of Roc Nation's plans: