Nats’ Zimmerman intrigued by Cano, Jay Z, Van Wagenen
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was intrigued to learn that Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano hired Roc Nation, which was founded by rapper Jay-Z, and Creative Artists Agency to represent him during contract negotiations. Cano is a free agent after the 2013 season.
While he doesn’t know the specifics regarding the partnership between Roc Nation and CAA, Zimmerman believes Roc Nation could take CAA to another level.
“When you get a guy like [Jay-Z], who wants to get involved in baseball — he is obviously one of the icons of our generation for his music,” Zimmerman said. “I think he has become a very savvy and smart businessman. It will be interesting to see what happens and where it goes and how it goes. But it’s exciting to be part of something like that. I don’t know how involved I will be or anyone else will be. It’s definitely exciting and cool.”
According to published reports, agent Brodie Van Wagenen will be the lead man when it comes to contract negotiations. Van Wagenen was the person who negotiated Zimmerman’s six-year, $100 million extension in 2012. Zimmerman calls Van Wagenen “a member of the family.”
“I’ve known Brodie for almost 10 years now. Brodie has always taken care of me and my family, just like he said he would. It’s hard to find that sometimes,” Zimmerman said. “He does his job, he does what he supposed to do. He is very professional. We have known each other for so long. It’s a different relationship than most people have with their agents.”
Asked if Van Wagenen will negotiate a lucrative deal for Cano, Zimmerman said, “I think Cano will get the deal that Cano wants. It’s pretty easy to get the money and the contract for a player like that. At the end of the day, that’s what happens. If you are a good player, you are going to get a good contract. Obviously, Robbie is one of the best in the game.”
Cano is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, hitting .313 with 33 home runs and 94 RBIs for the Yankees last year.