Rapper and recording producer Jay-Z, who is expanding into sports representation, signed New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano away from Scott Boras to be a client.
Shawn Carter, also known as Jay-Z, and his Roc Nation company have partnered with CAA Sports to form Roc Nation Sports. Cano changed his listed agent with the Major League Baseball Players Association on Tuesday from Boras to CAA Sports' Brodie Van Wagenen.
Cano can become a free agent at the end of the World Series. Boras usually prefers that his clients become free agents to increase bidders and maximize their values, so the change could increase the chance Cano will reach a new agreement with the Yankees during the season.
"Jay and I will both be involved in all aspects of Robinson's representation on and off the field," Van Wagenen said.
Juan Perez is president of Roc Nation Sports. Jay-Z, a part owner of the NBA's Nets, is friendly with Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, a former Boras client.
Braves: Left-hander Jonny Venters will be shut down for a month after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his sprained pitching elbow. The Braves said Venters will be shut down for four weeks, then begin a throwing program.
Cubs: Bradley Stephens is the mayor of Rosemont, located near O'Hare International Airport. He said there are 25 acres of land the Ricketts family, owners of the Cubs, can have for free if they decide they want to build a new ballpark. The Cubs and city officials continue to negotiate over a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field. Stephens says he has made the offer known to the Ricketts.
Indians: Pitcher Scott Kazmir has a sore abdominal muscle and may miss his first scheduled start. Manager Terry Francona said Kazmir will be reevaluated after he tries to throw a bullpen session today. The left-hander was set to start Saturday at Tampa Bay.
Kazmir, 29, hasn't pitched in the major leagues in almost two years. A two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay, he was released by the Angels in 2011 and pitched last season in independent ball.
Cleveland sent lefty David Huff to Columbus and claimed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off waivers by Philadelphia.
Mets: Shaun Marcum was unable to pitch a simulated game in Port St. Lucie, Fla., because of pain in his neck and will not be able to come off the disabled list to start Sunday against the Marlins. Marcum signed a $4 million, one-year deal in the offseason.
Left-hander Johan Santana, 34, had left shoulder surgery for the second time in 31 months. Santana, who is likely to miss the entire season for the second time in three years, is still owed $31 million from his $137.5 million, six-year contract. GM Sandy Alderson said the remainder of the contract is not covered by insurance.
Orioles: Third baseman Manny Machado, 20, joined Brooks Robinson, Ron Hansen and Boog Powell as the only players to make opening day starts for the Orioles at age 20 or younger. Robinson did it twice, starting at age 19 in 1957 and at 20 the following year.
Reds: Outfielder Ryan Ludwick tore cartilage in his right shoulder, which he also dislocated, while sliding headfirst into third base during the season opener and will need surgery. The Reds didn't project how long Ludwick will be out. He'll have surgery today.
Ludwick, 34, hit .275 with 26 homers and 80 RBIs in 125 games last season with the Reds, who resigned him to a two-year, $15 million deal in December.
White Sox: Chicago will host Major League Baseball's seventh annual Civil Rights Game on Aug. 24 against the Rangers.