New York Yankees star second baseman Robinson Cano fired mega-agent Scott Boras on Tuesday and signed on with Roc Nation Sports, a new sports management company founded by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter. The move comes just months ahead of Cano becoming a free agent in a market devoid of heavy-hitting second basemen such as himself.
CAA Sports, which represents other high-profile players, including Roy Halladay, Ryan Braun and Buster Posey, will partner up with Roc Nation Sports in the new business venture, according to The Daily News.
In a statement released by the agency, Cano said: "At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors both 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."
The popular player tried to avoid questions about his impending free agency during spring training, instead referring all inquiries to the now-fired Boras.
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"I'm not thinking about anything," Cano said. "Those kind of things, I'll just let my agent, Scott, handle it. I'll just have fun in the clubhouse and get ready to help the team win another championship."
Cano has known Carter for some time, and the rapper and his superstar wife, Beyonce, have been semi-regulars at Yankee Stadium over the years. Already a partial owner of the Brooklyn Nets, this was just the next step for Carter.
"Because of my love of sports, it was a natural progression to form a company where we can help top athletes in various sports the same way we have been helping artists in the music industry for years," Carter said in a statement.