Report: Mariners Break Off Talks With Robinson Cano Over Jay Z’s Demands



Well we will now get to see what kind of staying power Jay Z and his Roc Nation Sports Agency will truly have when it comes to making power moves in the sports world.

Mark Feinsand is reporting that the mega contract talks between Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners have fell apart and are most likely done because of Jay Z’s excessive demands on the Mariners providing Cano with a 10th year.

According to Feinsand, the Mariners were prepared to make Cano a 9 year $225 million offer.


According to two sources briefed on the situation, negotiations between the free agent second baseman’s lone stalking horse — the Mariners — and Cano’s camp — led by rapper-turned super-agent Jay Z and CAA’s Brodie Van Wagenen — collapsed after Jay Z apparently overplayed his hand in a negotiating session with the Mariners Thursday.

Cano and his camp arrived in Seattle with what sources described as basically an eight-year deal for $200 million in hand and the assurances that Seattle would go to nine years and $225 million. But when Jay Z then upped the ante to 10 years for $252 million, Mariners president Howard Lincoln apparently “exploded,” according to one of the sources, and ended the meeting.

I’m sure there’s plenty more to the story, but for now, Jay Z, the new hot shot rapper/agent, will definitely take the blame for this from the tabloids.

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  1. Not only did he get more money with Seattle than he did with the Yankees but Jay-Z got him his 10th year. Like I said this happens all the time in contract negotiations. Both sides sometimes overreact and walk away from the table then they come back allow cooler heads prevail and make a deal. I thought he would sign with the Yankees so I was wrong on that one but like I said earlier Seattle is desparate for star power. Cano got his money but man it’s going to be tough to win in Seattle.

    • not really though, he got him his money but he also in the process, basically ended his career (in terms of relevancy), i am 100% sure that boras would of gotten him paid in NY. because boras got ellsbury to sign just to mess with jay z i am pretty sure. now you got your 10yrs , but you are not going to get any endorsements out in Seattle like you could get in NY . but hey he did better than i thought

  2. New York is a much bigger TV and endorsement market than Seattle so it’s obvious his endorsement opportunities will be limited so that’s why you make up for the $70 million they Yankees shorted you but signing for 10yrs $240 million. The yanks were only offering 7yrs $170 million so he more than made up for endorsement deals he may lose being in NY. Also Washington does not have state tax. Now at this point in his career where he’s at his best and in his prime he had to go for the money. Hopefully Seattle can put a championship team around him. History says no but this is a classic case of an athlete going for the money and I don’t blame him for it but don’t complain if you are not winning. Cudos to Jay-Z as well.

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