When news broke that Jay Z was launching a sports representation shop, I immediately thought that it was destintined for success. But in the subsequent months to follow, we’ve seen him make many rookie mistakes. The courting of Geno Smith comes to mind.
The latest may be his handling of the Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners negotiations. According to the New York Daily News, Cano, Jay Z and CAA representatives were in Seattle on Thursday. Apparently, the Mariners offered a 9-year, $225M deal (which I now yawn at as far as baseball contracts go). Jay Z apparently demanded a 10th year, totaling $252M, which is what Alex Rodriguez got from Texas when he left Seattle roughly a decade ago.
Mariners chairman and CEO Howard Lincoln allegedly “exploded” at the demand.
But when Jay Z then upped the ante and demanded 10 years and $252 million — the same deal Alex Rodriguez took more than a decade ago when he left the Mariners for the Rangers — Mariners chairman and CEO Howard Lincoln apparently “exploded,” according to one of the sources, ending the meeting.“It doesn’t look like we’re getting him,” a Mariners source said, adding that Seattle did not seem inclined to reignite talks with a player that clearly didn’t want to go there.