NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Yankees aren’t wasting any time.
The club has “had several conversations with Roc Nation Sports about Robinson Cano’s future with the team,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner told reporters on Thursday, according to the New York Daily News.
Cano, set to be a free agent after this season, moved on from super-agent Scott Boras in early April. At that time he agreed to be co-represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, “a full-service sports management company.”
Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Sports is handling the negotiations for the four-time All-Star, the newspaper reported.
When speaking with WFAN host Mike Francesa in February, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted that the club made a significant offer to the 30-year-old in the offseason.
“(Cano) is an exceptional, high-end player who is a season away from free agency,” Cashman said at the time. “Right now where that takes him and us remains to be seen. We’re not commenting any further than acknowledging that we made a significant offer and had some dialogue with his agent, Scott Boras. But other than that, there’s not much really to say.”
The two-time Gold Glove Award winner told Francesa in February that he was simply going to let Boras handle the proceedings.
“I already talked about the contract,” Cano said. “But, you know, my focus right now is all about the 2013 season … You know what? I just let my agent handle that, because myself, I don’t want to keep talking about the same thing. I just want to keep my mind in the game.”
When told that fans were worried about losing him, Cano replied, “Well, I mean — still have one more year left, so you gotta produce and win another title.”
According to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, it’s believed that Cano wants a deal for 10 years and $200 million-plus. The Yankees, with $114 million over five years still owed to Alex Rodriguez, have a stated goal of getting under the $189 million luxury tax threshold by 2014.
The two-time Gold Glove Award winner is off to an excellent start this season, batting .298 with 10 homers and 26 RBIs in 168 at-bats.
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