For all the talk about Jay Z's foray into the sports agent world, he hasn't been much more than a figurehead. But yesterday, for the first time I can remember, he actually took part in a negotiating session, a meeting with the Mariners on behalf of Robinson Cano. It seems to have gone poorly.
Cano's team, which also includes CAA's Brodie Van Wagenen (who's presumably doing the actual negotiating), has come down significantly from the 10-year, $300-million deal they reportedly sought from the Yankees at one point. With the Yankees presumably out of the bidding, the Mariners—desperate for a free agent splash—emerged as Cano's only suitor. Their offer was $225 million over nine years.