NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) —The Yankees and free agent second baseman Robinson Cano’s representatives were back at it Tuesday, but the gap between the sides remains substantial, CBSSports.com and WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported.
Yankees president Randy Levin and general manager Brian Cashman met with Brodie Van Wagenen and Juan Perez of CAA. Cano, a five-time All-Star, did not attend.
Cano reportedly wants a 10-year, $310 million deal on the open market. So far, the Yankees have scoffed at that idea, countering with a reported seven-year, $160 million proposal.
Most experts believe the sides will eventually settle for something closer to seven years and $200 million, because so far no other suitor has emerged to push the Yankees higher than they are willing to go.
Coming off a non-playoff season, just their second in 19 years, the Yankees have been aggressive in free agency, agreeing to a five-year, $85 million deal with the best catcher on the market, Brian McCann, and becoming the reported frontrunners to land veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran.
However, the Yankees, who are also interested or keeping tabs on several other free agents, have said all along that bringing back Cano is one of their top priorities — just not at his asking price.
Cano, 31, is a career .309 hitter with 204 home runs and 822 RBI in nine seasons, all with the Yankees.
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