Robinson Cano

With free agency around the corner Robinson Cano fires Scott Boras and hires … Jay-Z

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Robinson Cano is six months from hitting the open market as a free agent and cashing in for a huge long-term contract, and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Yankees second baseman just fired his agent, Scott Boras.

Cano is making $15 million this year in the final season of a deal signed in February of 2008 and should top $100 million with ease this offseason (or before then, if he agrees to a pre-free agency contract with the Yankees).

Back in 2011 he fired his old agent and hired Boras, but Cano must not have been happy with how negotiations have been going. No word yet on Cano’s new representation, but Olney writes that he “has quietly been meeting with other agents in recent weeks to discuss a possible switch.”

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Cano is joining CAA “in part because of affiliation with Roc Nation, an entertainment/marketing company founded by Jay-Z.”

UPDATE #2: I guess that’s official now …

Josh Johnson retires from baseball

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Josh Johnson #55 of the San Diego Padres poses during Picture Day on February 21, 2014 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.

Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.

Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.

Report: Angels close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 08:  Luis Valbuena #18 of the Houston Astros hits a three run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Oakland Athletics 10-9 at Minute Maid Park on July 8, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.

Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.

Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.