Rapper Jay-Z has officially become a certified baseball agent, the Major League Baseball Players Association confirmed yesterday.
This new accolade will allow the 43-year-old Brooklyn resident to negotiate a deal for New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.
Cano, 30, is eligible for free agency at the end of the current MLB season, but now that he is a certified agent, Jay-Z will be able to arrange a new contract for the player himself.
Roc Nation Sports, an entertainment company founded by Jay-Z and Creative Artists Agency, attracted Cano as a client in April, but before now only CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen was legally allowed to negotiate a contract.
The deal is expected to make Cano the fifth member of baseball's $200 million club, joining Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees, Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels, Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds and Prince Fletcher of the Detroit Tigers. Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw confirmed that he currently is in negotiations with the franchise, which could also produce a deal exceeding $200m.
"I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short and long-term goals," Cano said in a prepared statement in April.
"I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimising distractions for me and my teammates."
Additionally, Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for Roc Nation Sports, confirmed Jay-Z has been certified by the National Basketball Players Union to serve as an agent.
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