• Cano Wants A-Rod Money After 2013

    Posted by on December 8th, 2012 · Comments (11)

    Via the fellas at the Daily News

    Down in the laid-back land of “Dominican time,” the drama surrounding the Yankees is far removed from the mind of the team’s youngest starting infielder and best all-around player. That may change by next winter, however, when Robinson Cano becomes the top free agent in baseball.

    According to two industry sources familiar with Cano’s situation, the Yankees’ Gold Glove second baseman may very well bolt the Bronx once he becomes a free agent.

    “I don’t think he’ll be with the Yankees beyond next season,” one of the sources told the Daily News. “He’s not giving them a hometown discount, and they seem to be more interested in keeping their payroll down than winning.”

    Although Cano, who attended the celebrity golf tournament sponsored by David Ortiz this weekend at the Dominican Cap Cana resort, told the Daily News that he would “love” to remain a Yankee for life, he also added: “I know this is a business. . . . It’s up to them.”

    Compounding matters for the Yankees is the fact that Cano is represented by super agent Scott Boras, who was responsible for both Alex Rodriguez’s then-record $252 million deal with Texas before the 2001 season, and the 10-year, $275 milion pact A-Rod signed with the Bombers in 2007. The new fiscal belt-tightening by Hal Steinbrenner — the Yankees have said they will get their payroll to $189 million by 2014 to avoid a massive luxury-tax hit — will be a factor.

    Another baseball source suggested that Cano will seek a deal similar to A-Rod’s, one that has become an albatross for the Bombers, who might be hesitant to tie up that much money and that many years in Cano, 30.

    “He knows he’s the best player on the Yankees,” the second source said of Cano. “There’s no reason for him not to be paid that way.”

    Asked about the idea of Cano leaving, a team official declined comment, calling it “typical offseason speculation.”

    Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, Phillies, Rangers, Angels, Giants, White Sox…

    There’s maybe nine teams in baseball who can afford to pay someone a contract worth $180 million or so. And, some of them already have second basemen who are pretty good. If Cano thinks he’s going to get “A-Rod money” then he may be in for a surprise. I just cannot see teams starting up a bidding war for him.

    Comments on Cano Wants A-Rod Money After 2013

    1. EHawk
      December 8th, 2012 | 2:23 pm

      I think 7 years and around $150 mil sounds about right for Cano. If he was a few years younger then maybe you could go longer but not when he is already going to be like 30 years old. History shows now that most players start to significantly decline in their Mid-30’s.

    2. Raf
      December 8th, 2012 | 3:09 pm

      Aim high!

      Problem is that Cano, for all his talent, hasn’t put together the offensive resume that Rodriguez has when Rodriguez got his contracts after the 2000 @ 2007 seasons. Best of luck, tho’

      Oooo, the Phillies traded for Michael Young.

    3. December 8th, 2012 | 3:39 pm

      The Yanks should shop him see what they can get and get him out of here. Cano doesn’t hustle. As he gets older and his skills diminish who knows what that will translate into. That attitude can poison a club. That attitude can rub off on young players coming out of the system. The Yankees of the late 90’s would have none of it. That wasn’t that long ago.

    4. KPOcala
      December 8th, 2012 | 5:11 pm

      I can see 5 or 6/$150 mil +/-, and if the deal is made he is moved to third, immediately. No way should they gamble the bat because of position/age. In the likely event that the Yanks are falling out of contention by, let’s say, the All-Star break, I’d trade Cano and Granderson, and try for the Herschel Walker play. Then go after Cano in November. Players of far less stature have netted great returns at the break or even the deadline. If they stick to the HAL plan, then they won’t be buyers in the summer.

    5. KPOcala
      December 8th, 2012 | 5:16 pm

      Part of an article from the LoHUD about A-Rod addressing a group of high school athletes at my old high school in Miami. Brother Kevin, who speaks at the end of the article about A-Rod was the Dean of Discipline when I went there way back when. Marist Brothers High School: “I can’t say enough good things about him,” said Brother Kevin Handibode, the president of Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, where Rodriguez attended as a freshman. “I know about all the good work he does, and you don’t hear about it. You just don’t hear about the good that Alex has done in a very, very quiet way.”

    6. Ricketson
      December 8th, 2012 | 5:20 pm

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      Cano doesn’t hustle.

      How about Cano and Hamilton in the same lineup?

    7. Scout
      December 8th, 2012 | 7:34 pm

      The key issue is whether the Yankees once again want to be stuck paying for a player’s decline years. Middle infielders (other than in the steroid era) tend to decline significantly by their mid-30s. I’m sure Cano could transition to first — but Texiera and his albatross contract are already there. It isn’t a lock that Cano could play third (or wants to). Anything beyond five years promises to saddle the organization with another bad contract. And if the new “salary restraint” (that is, profit maximizing) approach remains the order of the day going forward, the team simply cannot afford the burden.

    8. KPOcala
      December 8th, 2012 | 10:57 pm

      @ Scout: Scout, Yanks sign Cano, they TELL him he’s playing third. Like Soriano was TOLD he was an outfielder. He has to do it, because of the MlB contract language……..BTW, in Cano’s case unlike a lot of middle infielders, he’s never been really hurt. And there are quite a few middle infielders through baseball’s history that played well into their thirties. I’d still stick him at third, he’s got the arm. Reflexes, who knows? I know I wouldn’t like to stand at third!

    9. EHawk
      December 8th, 2012 | 11:13 pm

      Maybe Yanks will make a run at Hamilton….if they do sign him then they won’t be held hostage by Cano and could survive losing him. Hamilton is probably staying in Texas now that Greinke signed with the Dodgers.

    10. JeremyM
      December 9th, 2012 | 10:15 am

      I’m a fan of Cano like most of us, but the lack of hustle bothers me. Say what you will about A-Rod but for the most part he plays the game very hard.

    11. Evan3457
      December 9th, 2012 | 11:46 am

      Like everything else in life, make an adult decision.

      What I mean is this:


      a) Sign Cano for what he wants, and be content that you’ll likely get a couple more outstanding seasons, followed by some average seasons, followed by severe decline and mostly wasted salary. Enjoy his helping the Yanks contend for titles in 2013-2015 or so, and be an increasing drag on the team, as with A-Rod and Tex (and in his time, Giambi) for the remaining years of the deal…


      b) Let him go, and realize the Yanks ability to contend is going to be noticeably damaged from 2014 on until they get an adequate replacement at 2nd base, and find a way to replace his extra value to the team at another position/other positions.

      Pick one.
      And then live with the consequences.

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