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The risk and reward of Robinson Cano

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees have Robinson Cano under contract through the next two seasons. Club options will pay him $14 million next year and $15 million the year after, and the Yankees will exercise those options without hesitation. It’s not small money, but it’s a bargain for one of the best players in the game.

Today, the New York Post reports that Cano’s agent — newly hired Scott Boras — has reached out to the Yankees for a contract extension.

“I called Cash to ask about dropping the options and he hasn’t returned the call,” Boras said.

It was Bryan Hoch who first pointed out that Cano was asked about this very scenario back in February.

On asking for an extension: “I would never do that,” Cano said. “Those are things that has to be their decision. I’m just going to come in and focus on playing baseball.”

On hiring Boras last winter: “They have a great company,” Cano said. “A company that can do everything for you, not only on the field, but off the field too. That’s why I went there. It’s nothing that I’m just thinking about a big contract or anything.”

To be fair to Boras, his job is to get the best deal possible for his client, and certainly it makes sense to ask the Yankees for more money and more years when Cano’s coming off back-to-back MVP-caliber seasons. It also makes sense for the Yankees to decide this is not the time.

Back in 2008, when the Yankees signed Cano to the current contract, he’d played three seasons in the big leagues. He was a very good player, but he didn’t have the track record to be considered one of the game’s elite. The Yankees bought out his arbitration years and made a real commitment at the time when the risk was clearly on the team.

That risk paid off, and now the Yankees have a smart contract with a great player. There’s a lot to be said for locking up Cano beyond 2013, but Cano doesn’t seem upset with his current deal, and  he’s about to get a $4-million raise. With two years left on the current, the Yankees have the leverage here, and they don’t have to be in any rush.

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