The Dodgers' expected signing of Cuban second baseman Alexander Guerrero puts a spotlight on the most anticipated free-agent saga of the coming off-season: Whither
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When Jay-Z expanded from rap star to sports agent, he recruited Cano away from Boras, who is perhaps baseball's most prominent agent. If Jay-Z wants to prosper in his new calling, and if his first baseball client is the undisputed king of this year's free-agent class, Jay-Z had better land the second baseman a mega-contract.
Who would bid against the Yankees? Not the free-spending Dodgers, not with Guerrero.
The Cano sweepstakes might play out as the Pujols and Hamilton sweepstakes did, with a few legitimate mystery teams and rumors of more. That often means covert action at the winter meetings, when owners hunker with agents in hotel suites — or when Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto used service elevators to meet with Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano.
Jay-Z has partnered with Creative Artists Agency, and CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen provides Cano with effective representation. But, with the winter meetings set for Dec. 9-12 in Florida, Jay-Z probably would not be able to swoop in to pitch an owner or clinch a massive contract, based on the tour dates he announced last week:
Dec. 9: Staples Center
Dec. 10: Save-Mart Center, Fresno
Dec. 11: SAP Center, San Jose
Armed for success?
The Angels headed into Saturday with 15 victories in 21 games. Perhaps Moreno might take a deep breath, imagine a healthy Pujols back in the mix, and decide his team will be just fine next season, with no firings necessary.
But this late run does nothing to alter the fundamental question surrounding the Angels: How do they get better pitching on a budget, and whom does Moreno trust to do it?
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