Coffee and Clippings: Jay Z very involved in Cano’s free agency process

Anthony McCarron (@AnthonyMcCarron) of the NY Daily News writes that Jay Z has been very involved in the free agency process of Robinson Cano…

Jay Z, the hip-hop mogul who’s added sports agent to his entrepreneurial pursuits, hasn’t said anything about Robinson Cano’s free agency since his biggest client hit baseball’s open market.

But the rapper/repper is “intimately involved in all areas” of the process, according to the man who is leading the negotiations for Cano’s side, CAA’s Brodie Van Wagenen.

The Detroit Free Press Staff looks at Brad Ausmus’ Jewish heritage and how it has molded him into the man he is today…

After nearly a half-century as an attorney from Bookline, Mass., Larry Ruttman started a second career in retirement as a writer. In 2007, he followed his heart and decided to compile a series of oral histories from Jews involved in America’s national pastime.

He spent five years on the project, interviewing former and current baseball players, executives, the commissioner, union leaders, an umpire, sports writers and the family of Hank Greenberg, the late Tigers legend, whom Ruttman called “the most important baseball figure in American Jewish history … if not the most important 20th-Century American Jewish figure.”

Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) of The Zo Zone reports that the Phillies and Carlos Ruiz have agreed to a three-year, $26 million deal…

The Phillies are betting big Carlos Ruiz can remain a healthy and productive catcher the next three seasons.

A source today confirmed multiple reports the Phillies and Ruiz have agreed to a three-year, $26 million deal. The deal includes a $4.5 million club option or $500,000 buyout for 2017. He also can make an additional $500,000 per season if he starts 125 games, something he has never accomplished in his 10-year big-league career.