Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Chasing Puig, Cespedes

SATURDAY: For his part, Cespedes says that he has no intentions of leaving his agent, Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group. As the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports, Cespedes says he is "very happy with Adam and with the work he's done for me."  

THURSDAY: "We're not inflicted with that disease," Jay-Z said in reference to other agents' belief in doing only one thing, speaking yesterday on The Breakfast Club Power 105.1 (hat tip to Forbes contributor Darren Heitner).  "It's insane to even say that, 'What does he know about sports?' Uh, everything. More than you," he added.  In regard to other agents, he said, "They've been sitting around for 20-30 years just not doing anything, so me coming, that's a problem for them.  Now they have to go to work, now they have to wake up."  The agency talk begins around the 10:20 mark in this video.

WEDNESDAY: Jay-Z made waves earlier this year when he entered the sports representation world with his Roc Nation Sports venture and lured Robinson Cano away from Scott Boras (whom he dissed in song).  Now, the company is wooing Dodgers star Yasiel Puig and also has an eye on Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes, sources tell Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

When the Yankees hosted the Dodgers in mid-June, Puig was invited to a party at a club owned by Jay-Z after a Dodgers teammate passed along the rapper's contact information, one source said, and Puig left the meeting intrigued.  Puig has also talked with at least one other marketing agency in New York, but the prospect of joining Roc Nation remains a possibility.

Jay-Z is also known to be interested in signing A's outfielder Cespedes, who will be in New York for the Home Run Derby.  Puig could be in town as well if he wins the Final Vote for the last slot on the National League All-Star team.

As the MLBTR Agency Database shows, Puig is currently represented by Jamie Torres and Cespedes is with Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group.  Puig is in the early portion of the seven-year, $42MM deal he signed in June 2012.  Meanwhile, Cespedes' four-year, $36MM deal will take him through the 2015 season.

Jay-Z burst onto the agent scene in April, taking Cano from Boras as the Yankees' second baseman heads toward a nine-figure contract.  As Passan notes, Jay-Z rapped on the recently-released song "Crown," "Scott Boras, you over, baby. Robinson Cano, you coming with me."  Talking to Yahoo's Tim Brown on July 3rd, Boras didn't respond directly to the shot, but hammered home, "All I can offer the player is, all my time will be spent only on baseball."

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