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Monday notes: Cano talks contract, but doesn’t say much

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 18, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Robinson Cano found about a dozen ways to say, I’m not thinking about it.

Not thinking about his expiring contract, not thinking about whether the Yankees can afford him beyond this season, and not thinking about whether he’d be open to a mid-season extension.

“I’m going to be honest with you guys,” Cano said. “I’m just focused right now on the season. Just prepare myself, get ready for the season and help the team win another championship. I’m not thinking about anything (about the contract). Those kind of things, I’ll just let my agent, Scott (Boras), handle it. I’ll just have fun in the clubhouse and get ready to help the team win another championship.”

Cano deflected basically every question about his pending free agency. He did say he’d like to stay with the Yankees — “Why not?” he said — but his comments didn’t go much deeper than that, other than this one:

“It’s not about the money,” he said.

Clearly it is about the money. It can’t possibly be about anything else unless it’s the length of a deal, which is itself a money issue. Cano said he loves New York and considers his teammates family. The Yankees recognize that Cano’s their best player at a position where offensive value is hard to find. Cano’s ability to make money, and the Yankees freedom to spend it are the only issues in this scenario.

“I think you always worry a little bit about guys during contract years,” Joe Girardi said. “Sometimes it really works out to your advantage too. That’s one of those things. But you don’t want guys to put too much pressure on themselves. … Just knowing Robbie’s personality, I think it helps him out in this situation. It’s not too often we don’t see Robbie have a smile on his face.”

Oh, Cano has plenty of reasons to smile. Will the Yankees?

• Ichiro Suzuki’s fantastic comment about his first day of Yankees spring training: “I came and Derek Jeter was not the eater that the media portrayed him to be,” Ichiro said. “It was good to see him that way.” Zing!

• But seriously, how did Jeter look? “I thought he looked okay,” Girardi said. “From everything I’ve heard, and everything I’ve seen, I thought he took his groundballs, he moved, he turned some double plays, and it’s kind of what I expected to see right now. There’s a plan that we’ll increase a little bit each day and get stronger each day, and we’ll get him in a game when we can get him in a game.”

• Quick injury update: The Post reported today that Mark Montgomery was scratched yesterday because of a back injury. Girardi said it’s back spasms and Montgomery is expected to miss only “a few days.” Doesn’t sound serious, but it’s the first real spring training injury, and it’s to a guy who’s highly touted and pretty close to the big leagues.

• Today’s talk about Cano seemed like a good time to ask Girardi whether he knew for sure where Cano would bat in this restructured Yankees lineup. Is he locked into third? Fourth? Is he the guy the lineup builds around? “Being the focal point, you do have to think about where you want him,” Girardi said. “But it has to work, in a sense, with all the other eight guys in the lineup. Do we have some different ideas about where we could put him? We sure do. And we’ve talked about some different ideas. We’ll have to figure it out by opening day but we got plenty of time.”

• It was a similar no-such-luck answer to a question about whether Ichiro will be at the top of the order or at the bottom. “That’s another piece that we’re going to have to see exactly where it fits with the other guys and how we’re going to do it,” Girardi said. “There’s question marks that have to be answered. We assume that Derek is going to be healthy, but what if he isn’t? That could change the lineup and how we do it. So you’ve got to see where we are about March 25 (or) March 26 before you really put this all together.”

• Another light-hearted moment from today: Jeter told the writers that, if things go well tomorrow, he’ll be cleared to play in the World Baseball Classic. “See how you guys run with that story,” Jeter said. “Go ask Cashman and Girardi if they knew about me playing the WBC.” I don’t think anyone fell for it, but Jeter got a kick out of the idea.

• I strictly watched batting practice and fielding drills on the main field, which means I missed Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis and the outfielders. Based on what I saw, though, Travis Hafner was the first Yankees player to go deep on this first day of full-squad workouts. He sent three pitches in a row way out to right field during the opening round of BP. Grant, it’s only BP, but Hafner is a big, big guy who really pulls the ball with a ton of power.

• Another random workout observation: Eduardo Nunez made two errors in the span of about 10 groundballs today. He and Jeter were at shortstop with Cano and Jayson Nix at second. Those four were taking turns going through double play drills.

• The most pressing issue of the day: Jeter said he had to use a scooter to get around this winter. Was he talking about one of those big motorized scooters? “No, man,” Jeter said. “You put your leg on it, your knee on it, and you roll it with your other leg. It’s not a motorized scooter. I’m not handicapped. It’s just easier than crutches.”

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34 Responses to “Monday notes: Cano talks contract, but doesn’t say much”

  1. Irreverent Discourse February 18th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    “Clearly it is about the money. ”

    He could be waiting to see what happens after this season. This team could look very different come next spring… especially if they win a title and everyone retires.

    It could be Teixeira standing alone in the lineup in a hurry.

  2. ron February 18th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    “Travis Hafner was the first Yankees player to go deep on this first day of full-squad workouts. He sent three pitches in a row way out to right field during the opening round of BP. Grant, it’s only BP, but Hafner is a big, big guy who really pulls the ball with a ton of power”.

    This guy is going to replace a lot of the lost hr’s.
    Mark my words.

  3. yankee21 February 18th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Little doubt this whole situation with Cano ends in one of two ways-either NYY ponies up the $$$ in a classic over-pay to keep him over the long haul or they let him walk as a FA for a draft pick.

    Cano can say he is concentrating on the season and he is open to staying with the Yankees and money is not the deciding factor in where he plays to anyone who shoves a microphone near his mouth but at the end of the day his action in hiring Boras shows it is the money that will dictate where he reports for ST a year from now.

  4. UnKnown February 18th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    “It’s not about the money,” he said.

    When someone says that it is ACTUALLY all about the money.

    Start looking in the couches for every spare nickle possible.

  5. Don February 18th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I say, let Cano walk if he wants a ridiculous contract. (but of course it is not up to me).

  6. Ghostwriter February 18th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    “… but at the end of the day his action in hiring Boras shows it is the money that will dictate where he reports for ST a year from now.”

    ==========

    Spot on. I have a hard time seeing Cano remaining in pinstripes, absent the Yanks overpaying to keep him. Here’s hoping that they can find a good middle ground, because I would hate to see him go. However, Boras’ involvement suggests that finding this middle ground will be very difficult.

  7. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    cano will drive in 120 this year. i have him 4th on my fbb board.

  8. joeman February 18th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    ron February 18th, 2013 at 6:47 pm
    “Travis Hafner was the first Yankees player to go deep on this first day of full-squad workouts. He sent three pitches in a row way out to right field during the opening round of BP. Grant, it’s only BP, but Hafner is a big, big guy who really pulls the ball with a ton of power”.

    This guy is going to replace a lot of the lost hr’s.
    Mark my words.

    ———————————-
    NYY lost in the area of 110 HRS..lot of replacing to do

  9. joeman February 18th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Don February 18th, 2013 at 7:14 pm
    I say, let Cano walk if he wants a ridiculous contract. (but of course it is not up to me).

    ———————————————–
    how will 6/150 mil sound

  10. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    among those 120 ‘lost homers’ was arod’s (youk hit more) and martins which while nice, came attached to a .210 average.

  11. Ghostwriter February 18th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    joeman February 18th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    ron February 18th, 2013 at 6:47 pm
    “Travis Hafner was the first Yankees player to go deep on this first day of full-squad workouts. He sent three pitches in a row way out to right field during the opening round of BP. Grant, it’s only BP, but Hafner is a big, big guy who really pulls the ball with a ton of power”.

    This guy is going to replace a lot of the lost hr’s.
    Mark my words.

    ———————————-
    NYY lost in the area of 110 HRS..lot of replacing to do
    ==============

    This problem has been overstated during this offseason, in my view. This team should not have much trouble scoring runs if Tex, Cano, and Granderson produce.

  12. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    joeman, im with you id go 6/150. overpay them when they’re good but not past.

  13. Ghostwriter February 18th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    joeman February 18th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Don February 18th, 2013 at 7:14 pm
    I say, let Cano walk if he wants a ridiculous contract. (but of course it is not up to me).

    ———————————————–
    how will 6/150 mil sound
    =============

    That sounds good to me. I would even throw in a player option for a seventh year. I might even give him an opt-out for his fourth year.

  14. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    any opt-out should be mutual.

  15. joeman February 18th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 7:19 pm
    among those 120 ‘lost homers’ was arod’s (youk hit more) and martins which while nice, came attached to a .210 average.

    ————————————-
    how much higher will the catchers they have hit over Martins BA ?…..& they won’t come anywhere close to 21 hrs total

  16. Ghostwriter February 18th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    joeman February 18th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 7:19 pm
    among those 120 ‘lost homers’ was arod’s (youk hit more) and martins which while nice, came attached to a .210 average.

    ————————————-
    how much higher will the catchers they have hit over Martins BA ?…..& they won’t come anywhere close to 21 hrs total
    ==============

    It’s not clear to me that Martin would have come close to 21 HRs this year.

  17. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    i liked martin. and i wont miss him one bit.

  18. joeman February 18th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 7:21 pm
    joeman, im with you id go 6/150. overpay them when they’re good but not past.
    ————————————–
    anything higher will be tough to do

  19. joeman February 18th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 7:25 pm
    i liked martin. and i wont miss him one bit.

    ——————————-
    same here

  20. jacksquat February 18th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Why not?!

  21. joeman February 18th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Ghostwriter February 18th, 2013 at 7:24 pm
    joeman February 18th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 7:19 pm
    among those 120 ‘lost homers’ was arod’s (youk hit more) and martins which while nice, came attached to a .210 average.

    ————————————-
    how much higher will the catchers they have hit over Martins BA ?…..& they won’t come anywhere close to 21 hrs total
    ==============

    It’s not clear to me that Martin would have come close to 21 HRs this year.

    —————————————–
    I think Martin would have been in the 15-20 hr range again this year with the NYY…. a little jump in the BA

  22. Ghostwriter February 18th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    any opt-out should be mutual.
    ============

    He wouldn’t have any incentive to sign if the Yanks had an opt-out. The reason for throwing in the opt-out is to sweeten pot for him, without giving him more money or more years. It’ll also motivate him in the third year of the deal. I think that holding him to 6-year contract will be very tough. I can easily see him getting 8+ years (even though it would probably be a mistake.)

  23. joeman February 18th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Would have liked to see them spend $$ on a vg def catcher this off-season

  24. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    at top dollar, there is no reason to give an opt-out. i would absolutely stick with that. no opt out or a mutual opt out. $30M per year makes him what, top 3 in baseball?

    he could make more guaranteed somewhere else but over more years. if he’s confident he’s going to be good into his late 30′s he would make more money taking 6/$130 and then signing another contract after that.

    top dollar but no opt out and no ntc.

  25. yankee21 February 18th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    If I am in Cashman’s shoes with respect to Cano I’d have in my pocket trade proposals from several teams with respect to Cano with a caveat the trade needs to be complete by March 15.

    Armed with that, I offer Boras/Cano a 6/140 contract starting this season. I give him a week to accept. If Boras says no or snickers or says I am on crack or they are offended, then I turn around and trade his ass before the season starts to a team that will fork over the best package of players.

    I then give David Adams every single opportunity to win the 2B job.

    If Cano is truly about the money and Hal is truly about the budget being pre-eminent then that really is the best option IMO.

  26. Ghostwriter February 18th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    yankee21 February 18th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    If I am in Cashman’s shoes with respect to Cano I’d have in my pocket trade proposals from several teams with respect to Cano with a caveat the trade needs to be complete by March 15.

    Armed with that, I offer Boras/Cano a 6/140 contract starting this season. I give him a week to accept. If Boras says no or snickers or says I am on crack or they are offended, then I turn around and trade his ass before the season starts to a team that will fork over the best package of players.

    ====

    That would basically amount to chasing the man away. I don’t even know why Cashman would go through this charade if he was so determined to move Cano. If this is the case, then you might as well trade him, and skip the part where you treat Cano as if he doesn’t have any better alternatives.

    And I don’t think that Hal ever said that the budget was preeminent.

  27. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    y21
    i agree they should have traded or re-signed cano this offseason.

    but they didnt do that.

    now, to all of a sudden after doing nothing all offseason, to say, here’s an offer, take it or you’re traded is laughable. they’ll just announce that if he’s traded, he will not negotiate (or sign) with the team that trades for him and that kills his trade value.

    and then he’ll never sign back with the yankees.

    bad strategy, imo.

  28. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    the bottom line is this…the yankees want robbie cano.

    cano want to be a yankee.

    don’t mess with a good relationship.

    it may turn out that the best move is to trade him, now or at the deadline, and if that’s what it comes to, then you do it.

    but threats don’t work (he holds all the cards) and they poison the water for a coming together (which is what both sides actually want)

    bargain in good faith and show him you want him.

    if that doesnt work move to plan b.

  29. tomingeorgia February 18th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I need a baseball game, stat!

  30. Ys Guy February 18th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    im with you, tom.

    there’s been a ton of talk.

    and a ton of talk about talk.

    i can’t wait to see someone throw a baseball and someone else hit it and run to first.

  31. tomingeorgia February 18th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    YS,
    And hopefully not fall down. Let’s get it on!

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