Report: Yankees Might Only Be Bidding Against Themselves To Retain Cano
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees might end up being the only team bidding to sign Robinson Cano.
In recent years, general managers have been reluctant to hand out monster deals. Franchises like the Los Angeles Angels have been burned by long-term deals. The free-spending Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban second baseman Alexander Guerrero to a four-year contract worth $28 million in October.
Cano and agent Jay Z might be in for a long winter.
Jay Z took the time to dis Cano’s former agent, Scott Boras, on his song “Crown.” He rapped, “Scott Boras, you over baby/Robinson Cano, you coming with me.”
The Yankees’ attention has turned to outfielders Carlos Beltran and Shin-Soo Choo. Highly-coveted catcher Brian McCann is also in their sights. Should the Bombers wish to remain under the luxury-take threshold, they have about $80 million to spend on new players.
WFAN/CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported last September that Cano’s asking price was $300 million over 10 years. Forget about those figures, as no team is reportedly willing to offer Cano a $200 million deal.
The 31-year-old second baseman batted .314 with 27 home runs and 107 RBIs in 160 games for the Yankees in 2013. Cano has slugged 204 home runs in nine seasons and is a lifetime .309 batter.
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