Posted September 11, 2013

Yanks president: Robinson Cano isn’t a ‘re-sign at all costs’ type of player

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Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano will be become a free-agent at the end of the season. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Yankees 2B Robinson Cano will be become a free-agent at the end of the season. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano will become a free-agent at the end of this season and will likely command a contract that could reach upwards of $200 million.

But that doesn’t mean the Yankees are going to pay him that amount.

Team president Randy Levine said there is a limit on how far the team will go to sign the five-time All-Star. Cano is batting .308 with 26 home runs and 98 RBI so far this season.

“Robinson Cano is a great player,” Levine told Bloomberg Television. “We will sit down and talk to him. Hopefully he’s a Yankee. Nobody is a re-sign at all costs, but we want him back and we feel good about negotiating something with him. But nobody is a re-sign at any cost.”

Levine also said that the team is firm in their commitment to shave the team’s payroll for next season.

“Take a look at this year; payroll has never translated into winning. What translates into winning is great talent,” Levine said. “If you look at this year, some great stories; the Oakland A’s, Pittsburgh Pirates, low payroll teams right in there, possible championship caliber teams. We are taking a look at getting down to 189 (million), which has got tremendous financial incentives under the new collective bargaining agreement. But as Hal Steinbrenner has consistently said and as I have said, it has to be consistent with maintaining a championship team.”

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21 comments
Will13
Will13

He will be 31 years old in October. It's likely his production will begin to slide sooner or later. I wouldn't give him more than a four year contract(five years at the most).

ronkasper2
ronkasper2

It would be crazy to let Robbie go.  Who you going build around and watch? Jeter?-gone. ARod?- suspended.  Young catchers? - not stars; Mo?-gone; Pettitte?-retired, Tex? -who knows.  On top of that, nobody knows what the Steinbrenners are going to do.  They could just shut the cash box down and milk it all the way back to the 1970's.  I seriously doubt that they will be as competitive as their dad.  I don't understand all the worry about money.  Anybody looked at the value and income of the Yanks?  This isn't the little sisters of the poor.

canadianox
canadianox

The Yanks have bid against themselves for Aroid and CC in the past, why not do it again? Give him $300M over 10 and in 4 years they can wonder why they did it.  

William27
William27

let us consider who else would be able to give a $250 million dollar contract, almost no one, the dodgers have said they are too smart to do that.

so the yanks would be fools to give top $ to him AS NO ONE ELSE WOULD

ITS JUST LIKE WITH A-ROD, THE YANKS WERE FOOLS TO SIGN SINCE NO ONE ELSE WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM $250MILLION!!!!

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

They can save some $$$ by getting rid of Cashman.

William27
William27

signing a great player is not critical, look at the angels

not signing a great player means nothing, look a the A's and red sox

giving a long term mega deal fails far far more often than not, too many examples to list

joe6647
joe6647

Yankees would be foolish to sign a 31 year old middle infielder to anything more than a 5 year deal. 

dinohealth
dinohealth

Posturing for negotiations?  5-time All Star and the only .300/100RBI player on your current roster, you better think twice Mr. Pres if this is not your must-sign guy!

olaf27
olaf27

As much as I want Cano back, I don't want another A-rod. A 10 year 200M contract is just too much for Cano, who is 30 and has never been called a leader. He is not like Jeter, and although he has been the top 5 in MVP voting, never been beloved in New York.

GeorgeBroze
GeorgeBroze

It's just a negotiating stance. He'll get paid, probably by the NYY.

oasis1994
oasis1994

They are not better off without Cano, but the Yankees are as well.

One player for 20 million plus a year for  to 10 years is a terrible investment. Over the next 8 to 10 years the Yankees can develop, sign and maybe trade for other players for less money. In the long run the Yankees might have an off year or 2 (All teams have to go through a bad year at some point; that is sports). Look at the Red Sox. They were horrible last season and made a few changes (Thank you Dodgers). This season their payroll was less and look, 89 wins thus far. 


The biggest problem with this is the media hyping it all up. No one is worth that much money. I don't care if the market says he is; at some point these GMs need to step in and say no thank you.

GiovaniSmith
GiovaniSmith

The only teams that would pay him $200M are both residing in LA (and owned by idiots).

No player is worth $2M per year so how does one justify $20M???

mystafugee
mystafugee

The A's and Pirates?  Really, I guess the Yankees we all knew and loathed is just becoming another team (which is honestly the worst thing you can say about them).  

Dave C
Dave C

That would be awesome if he left the Yankees and stayed in the Junior Circuit so he could jog to first for another team and when he does all the Yankee "YesMen" announcers will finally comment on it.

oasis1994
oasis1994

@William27 


Look at the Rockies. Cargo and Tulo are locked up for years ot come and neither play can stay on the field.

dinohealth
dinohealth

@olaf27 @GiovaniSmith I do not agree.  Miguel Cabrera may be worth half of the payrolls of most teams!  Once-in-a-lifetime offensive force!  :-)