• It’s Time For The Yankees To Play Hardball With Cano

    Posted by on November 29th, 2013 · Comments (12)

    We keep hearing that there’s no market for Robinson Cano due to his salary demands. And, we keep hearing how the Yankees are still the best fit for him. Why not put it to a test?

    The Yankees should offer Cano a four year contract for $65 million with a mutual option for a fifth year based on performance. And, tell him it’s on the table for 10 days only – take it or leave it. And, if he leaves it, and comes back begging later to talk, the Yankees should ignore his calls for a while.

    Then, if he’s still out there, offer him a two-year deal for $36 million, take it or leave it. And, insist that it does not include a non-trade clause.

    If he and/or Jay-Z say the money is an insult, tell them to look at what the Muddy Chicken is being paid in Beantown and wish them luck getting a better deal.

    Comments on It’s Time For The Yankees To Play Hardball With Cano

    1. Mr. October
      November 29th, 2013 | 10:40 pm

      Robinson Cano denies contract demands with Yankees: ‘I’ve never asked anybody for $300 million’

      Cano was in his native Dominican Republic to honor his country’s World Baseball Classic Championship and said ‘nobody has ever heard that come out of my mouth’ in regards to the widely reported ten-year, $310 million figure.

      “… That is most likely an accurate statement, in the most literal sense. Cano himself did not march into the Yankee offices before the All-Star break and tell Cashman that a ten year, $310 million deal was the price to buy him out of free agency… according to major league sources, that was the request from camp Cano at that time. Neither side denied it then, and people with direct knowledge of the talks later confirmed the number…”

      http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/cano-denies-300m-contract-demands-yankees-article-1.1532774

    2. redbug
      November 30th, 2013 | 8:35 am

      I believe the Yanks have recently told Cano’s reps that their 7 yr $168 (I think that’s the offer) could go away or lessen if the Yanks sign other players while Cano delays.

      $24 million a yr is pretty decent money and pays him till he’s 3

    3. redbug
      November 30th, 2013 | 8:35 am

      till he’s 38…lol not 3!

    4. November 30th, 2013 | 12:19 pm

      7 at $168 would be a mistake.

      The guy dogged it to first in his walk year. Think he’s going to run any faster when he knows he’s locked up for the next 7 years at $24 million a year?

      Sign Cano to that deal and you won’t be able to tell him and Felix Lopez apart within 6 months time.

    5. redbug
      November 30th, 2013 | 12:37 pm

      It’s beyond me why Girardi allows Cano not to run to 1st base. It’s also beyond me why Cano doesn’t hustle. That’s why he’ll never be a Jeter, Pettitte or Mo.

      That said, if the Yanks want to compete, they’ll need Cano’s bat. His glove is good too.

      I think they’d have competition w/ the 7 yr offer. I think they’ll wind up giving him $200 mill for 8 yrs, and do as they always do…compete against themselves.

    6. Sweet Lou
      November 30th, 2013 | 4:23 pm

      redbug wrote:

      That said, if the Yanks want to compete, they’ll need Cano’s bat. His glove is good too.

      Can he pitch?

    7. November 30th, 2013 | 11:40 pm

      Per MLB traderumors:

      Robinson Cano requested a nine-year deal in the $250-$260MM range in his most recent offer to the Yankees, a source tells Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. The offer came in a meeting last week.

      The Yankees have reportedly offered Cano a deal in the range of seven years and $168MM, which Davidoff notes would still make the second baseman among the highest-paid players in baseball

      Good Luck Cano. Thanks for the memories.

    8. Evan3457
      December 1st, 2013 | 2:12 am
    9. redbug
      December 1st, 2013 | 7:46 am

      @ Evan3457:

      Hughes may do better in MN. “Pitcher-friendly Target Field seems to be a better home park for Hughes, who has a 2.53 ERA in three starts there. He’s only allowed one homer in 21.1 innings at Target Field.”

      The thing most frustrating about him was his inability to finish off hitters. He’d get 2 strikes, then get to a full count. W/ a pitcher-friendly park, maybe he won’t be so chicken about throwing strikes.

    10. Corey
      December 1st, 2013 | 3:08 pm

      @ redbug:
      Gotta factor in that the Twins had no home run hitters outside of Morneau who hasn’t been the same in years. That’s why only 1 homer in 21.1 ip

    11. Scout
      December 1st, 2013 | 5:14 pm

      If the Yankees go beyond five years, they’ll simply be repeating the mistakes that have left them with so little roster flexibility in the past couple of seasons. Smart organizations learn from their errors. But the Yankee track record makes plain they aren’t smart, from ownership through the GM. So they will bid against themselves at some point, and give Cano at least two years more than his age justifies.

    12. Greg H.
      December 2nd, 2013 | 12:12 pm

      Scout wrote:

      But the Yankee track record makes plain they aren’t smart, from ownership through the GM. So they will bid against themselves at some point, and give Cano at least two years more than his age justifies.

      Sucks. But so true.

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