NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — At one time it seemed inconceivable, but it’s now beginning to settle in.
Derek Jeter, for one, is not surprised that his former teammate bolted the Bronx for the most lucrative offer on the table.
“We got pretty close throughout the years, but I understand it’s a business,” the captain said, according to the New York Daily News. “It’s a business on both sides. I would have liked to have played with him longer but you understand it’s a business, guys move on.”
The Yankees offered the five-time All-Star a deal between $160-170 million, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, but wouldn’t have gone higher than $175 million.
WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reported that the 31-year-old was upset with how much money general manager Brian Cashman gave Jacoby Ellsbury ($153 million) compared to how much he was offered.
“Yeah he’s happy. Wouldn’t you be happy?” Jeter said, according to the newspaper. “That’s a lot of money. I’ve been paying for breakfast, lunch and dinner all these years — he gets paid and he leaves.”
Cano was the most sought-after free agent on the market. During his tenure with the Yankees, he won two Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, a Home Run Derby and a World Series championship.
The face of the Yankees said that he didn’t go out of his way to try to convince Cano to stay in New York.
“There’s nothing to sell Robbie on, or sell anyone on,” Jeter said, according to the New York Daily News. “I think you know what it is, he’s been here long enough. I’m sure he had enough people in his ears.”
Cano was the Yankees’ best player in 2013, batting .314 with 27 homers and 107 RBIs. He also ripped 41 doubles and posted an excellent .383 on-base percentage.
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