Will the partnership of Yankees fan Jay-Z and Bombers second baseman Robinson Cano mean the slugger will stay in the Bronx?
SO DOES CANO STAY NOW?: Let's focus on what we know. We know how Scott Boras would have likely handled the negotiations. From his history, Boras usually takes a client like Cano to free agency. In that scenario, the Yankees would likely find themselves in a bidding war this upcoming winter against the Dodgers, Phillies, Mets and others for Cano's services.
The Yankees and Boras hadn't exchanged new proposals in weeks, sources with knowledge of the talks said. The Yankees had made what GM Brian Cashman termed "a significant offer" during the spring, but Cano had not accepted it. At this point, the Yankees do not have a read on how the move from Boras to Jay-Z will impact future negotiations.
HOW ABOUT JAY-Z: We don't know what the Jay-Z alliance with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) will produce in terms of tactics, which might be the same as Boras'. CAA is an experienced baseball group, so Cano will have an agent who knows what he is doing in Brodie Van Wagenen. The Yankees have done plenty of contracts with CAA.
The move would suggest that Cano may want to change how the negotiations were going. It may mean he wants to do a deal sooner rather than later -- and with the Yankees, of course. But that is speculation. For what it is worth, Jay-Z is a Yankees fan.
So a famous Yankees hat and $200 million or $300 million will probably get a deal done.
OFF THE FIELD: Cano said he wants to do more off the field.
"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."
He probably could have done that with Boras, too, but the Jay-Z connection has changed things. However it turns out, it will have a major impact on the future of the Yankees.