Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Robinson Cano has changed agents, hiring Scott Boras to replace his former representative, Bobby Barad.
Cano and Boras reportedly had a meeting in the Dominican Republic, after which the All-Star second baseman made the switch.
Boras represents a ton of big-name clients, but what’s interesting about the timing of Cano’s move is that he’s nowhere near free agency. He’ll earn $10 million this season as part of a four-year, $30 million deal signed in February of 2008 and then the Yankees hold team options for $14 million in 2012 and $15 million in 2013.
Cano is coming off his best season and a third place MVP finish, so perhaps he’s looking to ink a massive long-term extension, but there’s really no sense of urgency from the Yankees’ point of view, as they control him through his age-30 season already.
The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.
Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.
Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.