MLB rookie may be headed to Roc Nation Sports.
Los Angeles Dodgers player Yasiel Puig is being sought after by Roc Nation Sports, sources say. Yahoo! Sports learned that Puig was invited to attend a party at Jay-Z's flagship 40/40 Club back in June and was given the rap mogul's contact info by one of his Dodgers teammates.
Reportedly, RNS offered Puig such an interesting deal that he's likely to get on board, but was said to be meeting other potential agents while in the Big Apple.
A native of Cuba, Puig has a growing reputation for being a "diva," as pointed out by the Bleacher Report. He lives with a 51-year-old school teacher who originally signed on to be an English tutor for the rookie and now has become a daily companion, making sure Puig stays on track. Jay apparently wants to play a similar role for Puig and the other athletes RNS has signed.
In an interview with The Breakfast Club, Jay explained that his being a self-made multi-millionaire from Marcy is what makes his Roc Nation, originally a record label, a contender in the sports agency world. "The bigger goal [for Roc Nation] is for all artists to get their just due, not to get half-a-- agent or people who robbed them or people who don't care about their finances … we're talking about people who are signed for $90 million and go broke in three, four years, that's terrible money management, but these guys don't care … We're almost a better money management firm [at RNS], and then [we're] agents," he said.
Jay also addressed his new venture on the track "Crown" off Magna Carta...Holy Grail, aiming one of his signature boastful shots at baseball agent Scott Boras, proclaiming that his career is "over."
Boras, who once represented Yankees player Robinson Canó, who is now signed to RNS, responded to the lyrical jab, saying that he's more of a jazz fan and therefore not very interested in Jay's antics. He then pointed out his personal commitment to America's favorite pastime. "My response to these things is we are baseball players," he said. "We are former players. We are people who are 24-7 committed to our game. We do not represent anyone but baseball players.
"All we do is study the game. We feel that serves the best interests of our players. Other than that, I have nothing else to say."
Still, the arrival of RNS has cause quite a stir in the sports world as it is quickly becoming the "cool table," having partnered with the powerhouse agency CAA and having Hov as the head honcho.
Canó was the first athlete acquired by the agency, followed by several others just months after the company's launch. Reportedly, Jay is also eyeing other MLB players as well, including the Oakland A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
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