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.”
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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.