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Agent's gift has Cano in hot water

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07:25 AM ET 11.06 | Here's to wondering what Scott Boras might be thinking about this turn of events. The Major League Baseball Players Association is investigating whether Jay Z might have violated the union's agent regulations for giving Robinson Cano a $33,900 watch during a recent birthday party for the New York Yankees second baseman in Belgium, sources told ESPN.com. According to media reports and postings on Cano's Instagram account, Cano received a limited-edition Shawn Carter Classic Fusion watch by Hublot during an Oct. 22 party in conjunction with his 31st birthday. Jay Z, who helped to design the watch, performed in concert in Antwerp, Belgium, the previous night as part of his "Magna Carta Tour." Cano, a five-time All-Star and the biggest name in this winter's free agent class, left [Boras'] agency in April.

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November 6, 2013  08:01 AM ET

Watch out for that Jay Z, Robinson...

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November 6, 2013  08:13 AM ET

I think it's funny that a guy named Shawn Carter ended up with the nickname Jay Z, but what do I know about street cred?

November 6, 2013  09:15 AM ET
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Why is that a no, no?I mean other than then fact the watch is likely horrifically gaudy

I'm having a difficult time understanding the ramifications of this story myself.

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November 6, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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I mean it isn't like the dodgers gave him a watch.he's already signed with him as his agent....not sure why he can't give him a gift

There's something in the article about violating the union's agent regulations, whatever the hell that means.

November 6, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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Why is that a no, no?I mean other than then fact the watch is likely horrifically gaudy

My best guess: It is about Jay Z being certified to be an agent for a MLB player. Not about Cano at all. Believe it or not, agents need to be approved.

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November 6, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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I think it's funny that a guy named Shawn Carter ended up with the nickname Jay Z, but what do I know about street cred?

The Z must stand for Zig-Zag.

November 6, 2013  11:55 AM ET

Gifts to players you represent are highly regulated. They are seen as an inducement to sign or remain with an agent. I'm not sure that rule is intended for players who are already rich; but, there's no distinction in the rule. I'm sure it's to keep young players from ebcoming beholden to their agents before they get the big payday.

November 6, 2013  12:12 PM ET

J Z made sure the watch had hands on it,he cant keep his hands off of other people's players! !! Do,do,de do!!!

November 6, 2013  01:22 PM ET

JZ may have made a big mistake by making this his first huge contract. The expectations are way too high. This is going to look like a failure unless some unknown team comes from no where or Cashman is overruled by ownership again.

November 6, 2013  01:28 PM ET
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JZ may have made a big mistake by making this his first huge contract. The expectations are way too high. This is going to look like a failure unless some unknown team comes from no where or Cashman is overruled by ownership again.

The Dodgers are probably going to stay away because all the West Coast rappers will go nuts if they sign the client of an East Coast guy.

November 6, 2013  02:06 PM ET

$33,900 watch??? If it doesn't mow lawns or cleans the garage, it ain't worth it....

November 6, 2013  09:01 PM ET

I'd bet a dollar to a doughnut that he was gifted a coked out Rihanna as a bonus for signing w/ Jay-Z.

November 6, 2013  10:26 PM ET

They are professional athletes.....who cares. This is not college and the NCAA doesn't have their grubby hands in it. Once again, I say...who cares. They are pros.

November 6, 2013  10:59 PM ET
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They are professional athletes.....who cares. This is not college and the NCAA doesn't have their grubby hands in it. Once again, I say...who cares. They are pros.

Some of them are kids right out of high school.

 
November 7, 2013  01:36 AM ET

Permission is required from the union for agents to give gifts to players above $500. This is to encourage players pick agents based on merit.

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