But as we wrap up the month of September, it’s important to remember that the World Series doesn’t start until October 23. That’s more than three weeks away, and real free agency — players being allowed to sign with other clubs — doesn’t begin until six days after the World Series ends.
If the World Series goes seven games, free agency won’t truly begin until the middle of the first week of November.
In other words, it’s going to be a while.
“Now is when the vacation starts,” Robinson Cano said. “And then later on, sit with family and see what decision we’re going to make and see what’s going to happen. … “This is my first time in this kind of process. I just have to wait until next month and see if it’s stressful how it is. I cannot tell you if it’s something (to be) excited or what it is.”
Obviously some offseason maneuvering will happen before players hit the open market — Joe Girardi, for example, could be re-signed by then — but an early end to the season means a long wait for what’s next. The Yankees could re-sign Cano before he hits the open market, but all indications are that the two sides are far apart, and it’s going to take something overwhelming to keep Cano from testing the waters.
How could Cano vacation at a time like this? Well, why wouldn’t he? Last night he was asked whether he’s willing to wait two months or more before making a decision.
“Yeah,” he said. “What else are you going to do?”
He was also asked if an opportunity like this — to let the market dictate his full value — is what he’s worked for all of these years. Hasn’t the preparation and production simply led him to this moment?
“That’s not a thing that you work on and play this game (for),” he said. “When you like this game, you play this game and you never think about the money. You’ve got to go through a process — minor leagues, and then you hope to make it to the big leagues — and when you make it, all that’s on your mind is picturing myself to be able to play here for a lot of years. I was here with Jeter and A-Rod, Mariano, Posada, Bernie, Giambi, all those guys. All your mind is, I want to be one of them one day and be able to stay in the game for so long.”
He’s stayed in the game long enough. Now it’s time to wait a little longer.
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