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CC Sabathia is the latest star to join Jay Z's Roc Nation sports agency

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

With Robinson Cano now growing out his beard in the land of Starbucks, Jay Z needed a new Yankee for his Roc Nation camp. The famous rapper turned sports agent who once claimed to make the Yankee cap more than famous than a Yankee can, found one in pitcher CC Sabathia.

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Hov's Roc Nation client list also includes NFL New Yorkers Geno Smith and Victor Cruz, as well as NBA star Kevin Durant and WNBAer Skylar Diggins. Helping get Robinson Cano $240 million over 10 years with the Seattle Mariners was Roc Nation's first big deal.

Sabathia doesn't have a big payday like that coming. He's in the middle of a five-year, $122 million contract through 2016 with a vesting option for 2017. That was negotiated with his previous agents, Greg Genske and Brian Peters of The Legacy Agency.

Sabathia, 33, had a rough year in 2013, posting a 4.78 ERA and a 14-13 record. He's on the downward slope in his career overall, but will still make $23 million each of the next two years and $25 million in 2016. That means this change is more about marketing Sabathia than landing another big contract.

However, if CC doesn't rebound strong in 2014, there will probably be some Yankees fans wishing Jay Z would send Sabathia and his huge salary to Seattle too.

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