It was reported on Monday that New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano would not drop his $310 million dollar asking price and that Jay Z, Cano’s friend and ‘agent’ would be intimately involved in the free agent process.
That apparently included a sit down with the New York Mets, which was initiated by Jay and Cano’s representatives:
The hip-hop impresario joined Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant general manager John Ricco for dinner at a posh Manhattan hotel to discuss Cano’s free agency, two sources familiar with the situation told The Post. Cano’s group, which also featured agents Brodie Van Wagenen and Juan Perez, initiated the meeting; Cano himself didn’t attend.
The Mets informed Jay along with fellow members of Cano’s entourage that a deal was extremely unlikely, but they certainly weren’t going to turn down the chance to speak with Cano’s people.
Cano and the New York Yankees have yet to have any substantial contractual talks, so it’s likely the Mets were being used as leverage as it’s been suggested that Cano’s handlers want him to stay in New York for marketing purpose.