Robinson Cano Newsbeat
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Hey, Tony Blengino here. You might remember me from such Mariner classics as “MMIX – Negative Run Differential Theater” , or “2010 – A Spaced Odyssey”. For some years, I was a scout with the Brewers, and in more recent years I was an assistant to the GM with the Mariners. While I’m between baseball adventures, I’ve been given the privilege of writing on the storied pages of FanGraphs. I know the bar is high here, and I’ll do my best to reach it.
Alas, I am no longer a Mariner, but I was one long enough to help assemble a crew of talented, relatively inexpensive youngsters that made the Robinson Cano Era possible. This article will not attempt to say whether a 10-year, $240M commitment to Cano is a sign of the apocalypse, the gateway to a golden era in Mariner baseball, or something in between. There will be plenty of other articles for that. In this one, I will simply take a look at the player’s potential aging curve, from a couple of different perspectives — one historical, one more qualitative. Let’s get this out of the way from the get-go — Robinson Cano is pretty good. Clearly the best bat on the free agent market, and certainly a sturdier asset than Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton were at the time they entered the free-agent market. He has been remarkably consistent, and remarkably healthy throughout his career. He provides offense at a position where it is not plentiful. But where does Robby Cano fit in with other offensive 2Bs in baseball history, and how did they age? Let’s take a look.
Posted: December 08, 2013 at 04:47 PM | 12 comment(s)
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Major League Baseball has been negotiating a new posting system with its counterparts in Japan, and it sent over its latest proposal Wednesday. Under the proposed system, teams would be allowed to make a maximum bid of $20 million, according to two people who have been briefed on the negotiations. If more than one team bids the maximum, the player will be free to negotiate with all of them.
A team making the highest bid would have exclusive rights to negotiate with the player. [...]
Under both the old system and the proposed one, the posting fee does not count against a team’s luxury-tax figure. But Tanaka’s salary would, and the lower posting fee means that M.L.B. teams are more likely to give Japanese players higher contracts, which could have an impact on teams that are close to the luxury-tax threshold — like the Yankees.
Posted: December 04, 2013 at 11:27 PM | 70 comment(s)
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Here is a question Robinson Cano and his advisors have to at least take into consideration as they attempt to find common ground with the Yankees:
What happens if the Yankees spend their dollars elsewhere and they are no longer in the market for the five-time All Star? [...]
Seattle is thought to be a dark horse-team for Cano, but the Mariners don’t figure to contend in the AL West with or without Cano. Since Cano left Scott Boras for Jay Z because he believed the mega entertainment star but neophyte agent could help him grow a brand away from baseball, it’s difficult to believe Cano had Seattle in mind.
The Yankees can use Dustin Pedroia’s eight-year deal for $110 million that starts next season and David Wright’s eight-year contract worth $138 million that began this past season as comparables and say their seven-year offer for $160 million ($22.9 million per year) is solid.
Posted: December 01, 2013 at 11:39 PM | 29 comment(s)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The Yankees have gotten nine excellent seasons and one championship from Robinson Cano. They have paid him about $58 million. Now he wants that much again, and about $250 million more, for a decade that almost certainly will not be as productive.
This is familiar territory for the Yankees, who caved to Alex Rodriguez six years ago, bidding against themselves after talking tough. It was a foolish deal that turned into a fiasco, with Wednesday’s walkout from a grievance hearing the latest sideshow in Rodriguez’s tired clown act.
Rodriguez, who presents himself as a mentor to younger players, has provided a road map for Cano’s free agency. By asking for $310 million over 10 years, and by shopping himself to the Mets, Cano is essentially daring the Yankees to make the same mistake with him as they did with Rodriguez. Cano’s lead agent, Jay Z, has taunted the player’s old agent, Scott Boras, in a song. Jay Z needs a splashy signing to establish credibility with other potential clients.
Posted: November 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM | 1 comment(s)
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Yeah, yeah, I’d love to know how you emphasize “in” in “in July”.
in July, [Scott Boras’] name appeared in a tune by rapper Shawn Carter, aka Jay Z. The song “Crown,” on the CD “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” includes the following lyric:
“Scott Boras, you over baby
“Robinson Cano, you coming with me.”
In April, Cano dropped a big one, revealing that he had left Boras and would be represented in his baseball dealings by Creative Artists Agency and in his off-field endeavors by Carter’s Roc Nation sports…
Jay Z… recently made news for hosting an elaborate birthday bash for Cano in Antwerp, Belgium, during which multiple bottles of Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades champagne were consumed. When Cano received a $33,900 watch as part of the festivities, it sent out alarm bells among other agents and the people at the players association who drew up the game’s agent regulations.
The glitz and glam notwithstanding, it would be a mistake to underestimate Jay Z’s vision or brilliance as a businessman…
“This guy is mega-wealthy and uber-successful,” said a prominent baseball agent who asked not to be named. “He’s probably negotiated his own deals with record executives who are more cut-throat than any GM of a baseball team. You want to talk about big business—that’s big business.
“This isn’t rocket science. The guys at CAA have put a ton of time into it and know every variable in every contract constructed. They have that template laid. Sure, there are certain nuances in negotiating in this environment, and Jay Z has none of them, but I don’t think he’s going to have any problem getting his phone calls returned.”
For baseball writers and club executives who might be wondering, Jay Z’s schedule appears to preclude him from attending MLB’s annual winter meetings in Orlando, Fla., in December. He’ll be in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Jose, Calif., on his “Magna Carta World Tour” that week, so the chances of him renting out a suite at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort and making a surprise appearance with his wife, Beyonce, are remote…
Boras [client Matt] Holliday… spoke to ESPN.com at length about the impact that Boras has had on [his career], and tried to debunk certain widely held notions about Boras and his approach.
Misconception No. 1: It’s only about the money.
Holliday recalled an encounter with Boras during a trip to Los Angeles in late May. He was hitting a respectable .270 with six home runs, but felt out-of-sorts and uncomfortable with his swing and his approach. Boras arrived at dinner with notes from previous conversations with Holliday and reams of data that showed how Holliday fared when he expanded his strike zone and swung at balls off the inside corner of the plate. At heart, Boras is a baseball dweeb who loves to talk about “bat drag” and “swing planes” as much as franchise values and the ramifications of the luxury tax…
Cano’s upcoming deal has big ramifications for the Yankees, future marquee free agents and the men who negotiate their deals. If Jay Z hits paydirt, it could be a foothold to more Robinson Canos down the road. If Cano’s deal is light, he’ll have some proving to do within the industry.
Boras, meanwhile, is viewed in a whole new light by some of his players since the release of “Crown.”
“I called him and said, ‘You’re in a rap song?’ You finally made it,” Holliday said.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Along with Cano, Roc Nation also represents NFL players Victor Cruz and Geno Smith, NBA star Kevin Durant and WNBA player Skylar Diggins. Jay-Z recently became a certified NBA agent as well and is working towards NFL certification.
Yeah I’m talkin’ five comma, six zeros, dot zeros, here it go…
Posted: June 20, 2013 at 02:26 PM | 144 comment(s)
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