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Scott Boras: Jay-Z isn’t the reason for Robinson Cano’s big contract

Scott BorasScott Boras took a shot at Jay-Z in the latest round of the feud between the two businessmen.

Jay-Z recently became a sports agent and has signed several notable athletes including Kevin Durant and Victor Cruz. His biggest move was signing Robinson Cano away from Boras right before the second baseman entered free agency. Jay-Z burned Boras with a diss on a song released over the summer, and now Boras is minimizing the role Jay-Z had in Cano receiving a 10-year, $240 million contract offer from the Mariners.

“When you’re bringing the prettiest girl to the prom, you don’t really pay attention to who he’s dancing with, unless it’s a very unusual step,” Boras said at the winter meetings Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

The AP says that quote was part of Boras saying it was Cano’s talent, not his representation, that got him the deal.

Boras also said it’s easier for Jay-Z to get a big deal after all the groundwork agents like him have laid.

“It’s very different to be the creator of the umbrella versus those who stand under it,” Boras said.

I’m not sure if I agree with his comments.

Jay-Z and CAA Sports got the Mariners to agree to a 10-year, $240 million deal even when it looked like no other team was offering anything close to that amount. The Yankees were said to be offering around $160 million for seven years and unwilling to go over $200 million to retain him. Steve DelVecchio even explained this week that Jay-Z may have pulled a classic Boras move and gotten Seattle to bid against themselves, which likely added an extra year and $15 million to the contract.

If you can’t credit Jay-Z for a job well done on the Cano contract — which is the fourth-richest in MLB history — then I’m not sure how Boras expects to take credit for any of the big contracts he’s negotiated. Or, by his logic, then the most talented players in baseball don’t even need agents because they’re going to get huge contracts no matter what.

Nice try, Boras, but the comment just makes you look bad.

Scott Boras reportedly eyeing 12-year contract for Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper NationalsThe Washington Nationals have Bryce Harper under control through the 2018 season. Harper is only 20 years old, so ideally he will still be at the very beginning of his prime when that time rolls around. However, the team may try to work out a long-term extension with the centerpiece of their franchise sooner.

If the Nationals want to lock Harper up, they’ll have to deal with Scott Boras. Any team in the league could tell you how difficult that can be, and Boras is already showing us why. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the super agent is already aiming high.

While few teams would ever agree to a 12-year contract with any player, you can’t blame Boras for starting there. Harper is already a serviceable MLB player with big-time power and a great glove. Again, he’s only 20.

Washington could sign Harper to a 12-year deal today and he would only be 32 when it expired, so we’re not talking about an Alex Rodriguez situation here. Health is always a concern with any contract of that magnitude, but unless Harper breaks down he would probably be looking for another huge contract after that one expired. It would also save the team the trouble of having to go through three years of arbitration, during which Harper would be making a ton of money anyway.

Chances are, the Nationals will stay put for a while. Thinking about a 12-year, $250 million deal (or however much Boras would be seeking) is alarming for any team. At the moment, Harper’s stock could not be any higher. Waiting a couple more years to see how it plays out should not cost the Nats all that much in the long run.

H/T Eye on Baseball

Jay-Z hits Scott Boras with Robinson Cano burn in new song

Jay-ZNot only is Jay-Z getting into the sports agent game, but he is also boasting about stealing top clients.

Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail album was released this week, and the rap star talks about stealing New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano from superagent Scott Boras in the song “CROWN,” as pointed out by FOX Sports’ Peter Schrager.

“Scott Boras, you over, baby. Robinson Cano, you coming with me,” he says in the song.

Jay-Z also mentions Kevin Durant in another song, referring to the Oklahoma City Thunder star as “KD.”

Cano, who will be a free agent after the season, signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation in April. The hip-hop mogul has also added women’s basketball player Skylar Diggins and NFL player Victor Cruz in addition to Durant and Cano.

Boras seems unfazed by the dis.

“What I’ve learned through my time in the business is that you can’t worry about external factors,” Boras said Wednesday, per ESPN New York. “You just have to focus on being the best you can be.”

Boras will attract top MLB players as clients for years to come, but you can’t tell me that he isn’t at least slightly worried about some athletes signing with Jay-Z. When top guys like Cano and Durant are signing with Roc Nation, you’re forced to take notice.

Robinson Cano reportedly fires Scott Boras, signs with Jay-Z’s company

Robinson Cano Jay-Z

Jay-Z is reportedly set to extend his reach even further across the world of professional sports, and it looks like the first superstar player to help him do that will be New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.

According to ESPNNewYork.com, Cano fired agent Scott Boras on Tuesday to join Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s entertainment company that is breaking into the sports representation business through a partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

“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.”

The Yankees made Cano a contract offer earlier this winter, but the two sides have not appeared to gain any ground. We all know Boras loves making sure his superstar clients test free agency no matter what offer they receive from their current team, so it will be interesting to see if Cano’s representation switch changes any of that.

Sources also told ESPNNewYork.com that Jay-Z himself plans to become a certified agent. He is reportedly planning to start with baseball and eventually take on clients from basketball and football. However, representing basketball players would require Jay-Z to give up his share of the Brooklyn Nets. Roc Nation, which represents artists like Rihanna, Shakira and Timbaland, is expected to eventually branch away from CAA and start its own sports agency division called Roc Nation Sports.

This will obviously give people like Scott Boras and other smaller agents some major competition if Jay-Z has success with Cano. Star power makes a signifcant difference, and Roc Nation already has plenty of that. It would also mean Jay-Z will have to be even more careful about doing stuff like this.

Photo credit: Twitter/Robinson Cano

Scott Boras Billing Manny Ramirez as Potential Mentor for Young Players

Scott Boras is an agent and his job is to make his clients seem as appealing as possible to potential employers. I understand that. But some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth is just unbelievable. Going back a few years ago, what he said about Jason Varitek’s contract was laughable. Now, the way he’s billing free agent Manny Ramirez belongs in the same category. During an interview on MLB Network on Sirius XM Radio, Boras described some of the selling points of a veteran like Manny via Ben Maller:

I think the things that benefit Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez and players of that type is that they’ve been championship players, they played in big markets. They can go to young players whose careers are just beginning, who have a lot of expectancy associated with them, they’ve had success and now for the first time they’re being asked to repeat that success. That often doesn’t happen because there haven’t been mentors around those young players to give them a pathway where they are not out there trying to do too much to try to replicate the quality year that they’ve had. I’ve always felt those types of players are very helpful.

He’s exactly right — those types of players are extremely helpful and make a difference in the clubhouse. Johnny Damon does have that presence. Manny Ramirez does not. Are you kidding me? How can he actually place Manny Ramirez in the “mentor role” category? What’s next Scott, pitching Bengie Molina as a speed coach? You going to turn Tim Lincecum into a D.A.R.E. officer? Suggest Tommy Lasorda shills for a weight-loss company? Oh weight, forgot about that. Gimme a break Boras, go sell that stuff on another block because we’re not buying the spiel here.

Scott Boras Must Be High on Drugs

If you’re in need of a good laugh, wait no further. We have Scott Boras to credit for the following knee slapper:

Agent Scott Boras told reporters that New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada’s four-year, $52.4 million deal, which was agreed to last offseason, will serve as a benchmark for any team looking to land [Jason] Varitek.

God bless the almighty Rotoworld for passing that snippet along. Need I remind you that Jorge Posada batted .338, with 20 home runs, 90 RBI, and nearly a 1.000 OPS in his walk year? Needless to say Jason Varitek’s .220 and 43 RBI performance last season is worthy of a Posada-like contract. There was a time when their career numbers were quite similar, but there’s no doubt that Jason Varitek’s offensive production has fallen off a cliff the last three years. And if Boras thinks teams will pay $13 million a season for a defensive-minded catcher with a reputation for winning (don’t think that won’t change when he catches Cincinnati’s pitching staff), he’s absolutely on drugs. I wonder if Boras also planned to marry Heidi Klum coming out of college. Nothing wrong with setting your benchmarks high, right?

A-Rod Regrets Not Signing With Mets

It’s been said for quite some time that Scott Boras is only interested in representing his clients’ monetary interests rather than personal interests. Alex Rodriguez admitted as much in a recent interview. He told the NY Daily News that he regrets not having signed with the Mets back when he was a free agent in 2000, the year he signed a 10 year $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers:

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