By Sweeny Murti
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The way Yankee fans view Robinson Cano has started to shift and it will go to an entirely new level when the 2013 season begins.
When Cano takes the field April 1st against Boston, it will be the first game he plays at age 30. With his 20’s in his rearview mirror, Cano is no longer one of the young guys on this team that can ride along relatively unnoticed, overshadowed by the bigger names and bigger salaries. Robinson Cano is about to feel – for the first time, really – the full scale pressure of being a star on the New York Yankees.
Public opinion has already started to turn on Cano and we haven’t even started the exhibition season yet. His abysmal 3-for-40 performance last postseason and his impending free agency have everything to do with it. Cano is primed to cash in with a contract that will certainly be north of $100 million and could even push $200 million.
And with the Yankees already saddled with A-Rod’s 114 ton contract for the next five years, and Mark Teixeira’s production slipping a bit with four more years left on his deal, there is an even greater sense of fear among Yankee fans that re-signing Cano to a mega-deal will be a mistake they regret for years to come.
I will tell you today, and every day the rest of this year, that – precisely for those reasons – NOT re-signing Cano will be the mistake the Yankees will regret for years to come.