The reason why the Yankees and $189 million keep being brought up is if they can come in under that amount, their luxury tax rate would be slashed from 50 percent to 17.5 percent. A-Rod may be the key.
The Yankees have agreed to sign infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnston to a one-year deal in the $3 million range pending a physical, WFAN/CBS Sports baseball insider John Heyman reports.
The Seattle Mariners appear to be all-in on Robinson Cano. According to a report in the Daily News, they may have made an offer to the free agent second baseman that trumps the Yankees’ latest offer.
“Money, first of all. Money won’t bring you happiness. You have to recognize that. You have to be happy where you play, where you enjoy the fans … it becomes your home.”
While Robinson Cano is mulling reported offers for mega millions, the Yankees are not waiting around with baited breath. They are getting busy at second base.
Is a few extra million worth leaving New York? That’s what Robinson Cano is facing as his market finally begins to expand, with reports of the Seattle Mariners’ interest.
Is there a market for Robinson Cano beyond the New York Yankees? That is what we hope to learn at the Winter Meetings next week in Orlando.
The Yankees have reportedly offered free agent starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda a raise. Meanwhile, they remain far apart in negotiations with Robinson Cano.
Yankees then countered with a seven-year deal between $160 million and $175 million.
According to free agent second baseman Robinson Cano, the words “$300 million” have never come out of his mouth.
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.
Did the Yankees overpay for catcher Brian McCann? Sure, but they had a hole to fill and they moved quickly.
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski reportedly has no interest in pursuing free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.
“If he tells me something, I’m going to believe him. Definitely,” Rivera said. “But again, that’s me. He’s my friend, and if he tells me something I’m going to believe him.”
He definitely has the game, if not the gravitas, to lead the Bronx Bombers for the next six years. Just not 10.