Robinson Cano wanted how much?
From Buster Olney and David Waldstein comes a glimpse of just how insane the Cano bidding could get this offseason. Cano reportedly approached the Yankees asking for 10 years at more than $300 million, a contract that would exceed Alex Rodriguez’s deal even if Rodriguez hits all of his home run incentives. The Yankees initially countered with something closer to David Wright’s contract of eight years, $138 million.
“Who knows what’s going to happen?” Cano said yesterday. “But I always play this game like it’s the last day. This year, I just enjoyed to be here and I’m going to enjoy the last day, being here with all these guys. Nobody said I’m leaving, nobody said I’m staying. I haven’t decided anything yet. Let’s see what happens after the World Series.”
Cano should be the biggest name on the market, still in his prime and coming off another middle-of-the-MVP-ballot kind of season. He plays an up-the-middle position where it’s hard to find offensive production, especially Cano-like production. Using the game’s biggest contract as a starting point makes obvious sense from Cano’s end (even if it surely makes little sense from the Yankees perspective).
It’s all a negotiation, and these numbers are from the early stages of the back-and-forth. It’s going to be a while before anything gets done, but it’s worth wondering just how high the Yankees are willing to go given their desire to get beneath $189 million in total payroll.
Would Cano want assurances from the Yankees that they’re committed to winning despite the public spending limit?
“They always find a way to get guys to get this team to win,” Cano said. “We get CC, Teixiera, A.J. in ’09 and we won a championship. They know what it takes, and they they always get the right pieces to make this team win. … Like I said, I haven’t thought about anything yet, but like I said, you got Tex, you got Alex, you got Jeter. You got a lot of guys that know how to play this game. You got Ichiro. You got Soriano. I mean, you got two guys (Pettitte and Rivera) leaving, but there’s always going to be somebody here. So, I haven’t sat down and say what’s going to happen here, what’s not going to happen, because I just want to wait for the time to come and think about it.”
The word “wait” might be an important one to remember.
“I want to take my time, go on vacation and relax,” Cano said. “And then when the day gets closer, that’s when I want sit down with my family and decide what we’re going to do. But don’t get me wrong, I love this team, you know?”
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