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Cano’s got 99 problems and Jay Z is one

In an effort to land his new client Robinson Cano a megadeal, Hip-Hop mogul Jay Z is selling Cano as the next “Michael Jordan of baseball” to any team who will listen. The problem is….no one is listening.

Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports and partner Van Wagenen’s CAA Baseball asked the Yankees for a ridiculous 10-year, $310 million contract for Cano. The Yankees countered with a seven-year offer for between $161 and $168 million (a gap of only $150 million).

Does Jay Z think any team is dumb enough to give out contracts that last 8, 9 or 10 years anymore? I’m guessing owners have learned from the mistakes made with Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols. Of course, all it takes is one dumb owner.
There’s no denying that Cano is a great player. He’s a five-time All-Star second baseman and is definitely one of the best players in the game. But the next Michael Jordan of baseball? Not so much.

Jay Z is marketing Cano as a player who will bring high ratings and instant ticket sales to the team that signs him. However, the reality is while Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter were battling injuries during the first half of the season last year, television ratings for the Cano-led Yankees plummeted and attendance figures at Yankee Stadium were at their lowest in the ballpark’s five-year history.

Cano ranked only 19th in the majors in jersey sales last season, ranking third among Yankees players behind Mariano Rivera (No. 1 overall) and Jeter (12th) and wasn’t even tops among MLB second basemen (Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox was 11th).

Jay Z had dinner Monday night with top officials of the New York Mets to pitch his $300 million client. Apparently the meeting included a PowerPoint presentation, books and pamphlets. Can you imagine Jay Z putting together a PowerPoint presentation? That must be one great slide show!

I have an idea…..want to get your client a deal? Put a realistic offer on the table. The Yankees offer of a seven-year deal at $168 million is more than fair. They’ve already said that they would love to sign Cano but that he’s not worth anything close the amount they are asking.

I think Cano made a huge mistake when he signed on with a rookie agent in Jay Z. In the end he’s going to cost himself a big contract and his chance of staying with the Yankees.

Can’t wait to see what happens. Will the Yankees wind up bidding against themselves again? We shall see.

Week 12 NFL Picks
How did I do last week?
Last Week: 10-5, Overall: 104-59, Locks of the week: 19-6, Upset Special: 13-10.
Locks of the Week:
San Francisco at Washington
Winner: San Francisco
Jacksonville at Houston
Winner: Houston
San Diego at Kansas City
Winner: Kansas City
Upset Special:
Denver at New England
Winner: New England
Tennessee at Oakland
Winner: Oakland
The Rest:
Pittsburgh at Cleveland
Winner: Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay at Detroit
Winner: Detroit
Minnesota at Green Bay
Winner: Green Bay
N.Y. Jets at Baltimore
Winner: Baltimore
Chicago at St. Louis
Winner: Chicago
Carolina at Miami
Winner: Carolina
Indianapolis at Arizona
Winner: Arizona
Dallas at N.Y. Giants
Winner: New York Giants
Green Bay at Detroit (11/28
Winner: Green Bay
Oakland at Dallas (11/28)
Winner: Dallas
Pittsburgh at Baltimore (11/28
Winner: Baltimore

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