NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Shawn “Jay Z” Carter reportedly held a “secret meeting” with the Mets on Monday to discuss the blueprint for free agent Robinson Cano, according to the New York Post.
Jay Z and Cano’s representatives from Roc Nation Sports and CAA — Brodie Van Wagenen and Juan Perez — talked about the second baseman over dinner Monday at a Manhattan hotel with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, COO Jeff Wilpon and assistant GM John Ricco, the Post reported.
It’d be hard to imagine the Mets seriously pursuing a player who reportedly hasn’t budged from his asking price of more than $300 million over 10 years. Alderson said just last week that the club wasn’t expected to make any offers in the neighborhood of $100 million.
Mets captain David Wright was the recipient of a nine-figure deal last offseason. He’s gone on record saying the team should spread its money around on solid players rather than spend it all on a big splash.
New York also already has a second baseman in Daniel Murphy, who’s been the subject of some trade speculation this offseason.
The Post wrote that Alderson & Co. “had little to lose” by meeting with Jay Z; on the flip side, the rap mogul, new to the rep game with the fledgling Roc Nation Sports, “could test out his pitch on a club that is ultimately unlikely to land his client.”
“He’s been at the table both in strategy sessions and in preparation,” Van Wagenen said of Jay Z’s involvement in the Cano process Sunday on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio. “And he absolutely has, and will continue to be, involved in the actual negotiations with potential suitors.”
The 31-year-old hit .314 with 27 home runs and 107 RBIs in 2013.
The Yankees are expected to resume negotiations with Cano in the coming weeks.
Cano wasn’t at Monday’s meeting with the Mets, according to the Post.
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