New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano fired agent Scott Boras and signed with rapper Jay-Z's company Roc Nation and partner Creative Artists Agency on Tuesday.
"At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors on and off the field," Cano said in a statement. "I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my team mates."
Cano is in the final year of a six-year, $57 million contract and reportedly declined a sizable extension in February.
According to multiple reports, Jay-Z intends to become a certified agent who will represent professional athletes and push their cross-over marketing interests.
Cano, 30, is a four-time All-Star who hit .313 with 33 home runs, 48 doubles and 94 runs batted in last season.
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Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick faces surgery on Wednesday on his dislocated right shoulder to repair torn cartilage.
Ludwick was injured sliding into third base on Monday during the Reds' season-opening loss to the Angels.
The team will place Ludwick on the 15-day disabled list, but it has yet to announce a timetable for his return.
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Left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and was added to the Cleveland Indians' 25-man roster, the parent club announced Tuesday.
Kazmir, who is in his ninth season, has played the last three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. He went 1-0 with a 3.46 earned run average during spring training with the Indians.