Posted September 26, 2013

Robinson Cano reportedly seeking 10-year, $305M deal

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Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $305 million deal this offseason. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano reportedly wants his next contract to be worth 10 years and $305 million. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $305 million deal, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The five-time All-Star has indicated that he will take his time during the offseason, and people close to him say that he will accept the most lucrative offer made to him, whether it’s from the Yankees or another team. According to the report, Cano is seeking upwards of $20 million per season for between seven and 10 years, not including player incentives over that time period.

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Olney points out that Cano’s decision not to rush into anything will effectively negate New York’s advantage in negotiations because the organization will likely not be able to do anything during its exclusive window to engage in contract discussions, which expires six days after the end of the World Series.

Cano said Wednesday that if the Yankees don’t make it to the postseason, he wants to go on vacation before deciding on anything:

“If we don’t make it to the playoffs, I want to take my time, go on vacation and relax. Then I want to sit down with my family and decide what we gonna do.”

Those comments came before the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Yankees on Wednesday, eliminating New York from playoff contention.

Cano, who turns 31 in October, leads the Yankees with 27 home runs, 105 RBIs and a .314 batting average. He would easily become the highest paid second baseman ever with the contract he is seeking; the Texas Rangers’ Ian Kinsler signed a five-year, $75 million deal before this season, and second baseman Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox has a total package of $110 million over eight years.

Cano said that Thursday’s season-finale vs. the Rays could be his last game ever at Yankee Stadium as a member of the home team:

“Oh, yeah, who knows? Who knows what’s going to happen. I’m just enjoying being here and I’m going to enjoy the last day, being here with all these guys. Nobody said I’m leaving; nobody said I’m staying. I haven’t decided anything yet. Let’s see what happens after the World Series.

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88 comments
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Cano seeking 10-year, $305M deal.... when i read that , I thought to myself....

BWL!  bwahaha!  bwahaha!...seriously Cano here is 5 dollars, a scratch and snitch have a ball

If a player every came to me with that offer i would kick in him the A$$$ on principle alone... and then cut him...

j7apple
j7apple

I think the Yankees days of throwing money to the wind is going to come back and haunt them, and is. If spending 229 million this year doesn't even qualify for 1 of the two wildcards, 

(little less then the division) they got problems. 

They need to  start sending a message like Tampa and Oakland in the American league, that they can get it done for a whole lot less. (about 67 million payroll each for  ALL their players)

morphy
morphy

is any single player worth that much to a team with NINE players on the field?

NOT a chance in hell.

Arod, Jeter, Pujols, Hamilton...the list goes on, NONE of them won a single game by themselves.

meats29
meats29

lol why $305 million? Why not just say $300 million. 

At most he will get 8 years 160-180 million

John4
John4

The title of the article and the math in the article do not correspond.  Upwards of $20 Million and 7 years is $140 Million (an obscene amount of money), yet states that he is looking for $305 Million.  What is the most interesting part of this?  The Yankees WILL pay more than $305 Million over 10 years!  But not for Robinson Cano.  For that type of money, you had better be named Mike Trout.  His FA signing with the Yankees is only a few seasons away.  Expect Trout to sign for 10 yrs and $375 Million.  And expect the Yankees to pay that.  So, they simply cannot afford Robinson at his asking price.  My guess?  Robinson signs for 7 yrs and $160 Million this offseason, and stays with the Yankees.  For those of you who are going to criticize me for my claim about what Mike Trout WILL sign for, you do not understand the economics of baseball, and you don't understand the New York Yankees.  It's going to happen.  When Trout becomes a free agent, he signs for 10 yrs and at least $375 Million.  Just a matter of time.

rjnaom
rjnaom

I would look at the mistakes almost all or all of professional sports has made with the ridiculous escalation of salaries.  Where does it hit home?  Of course not in the owners pocketbook, they can just raise the price on tickets, merchandise, et al.  No it hits the fan or family with modest means; not being able to even go to a game.  Sad.  

And maybe even more frustrating is when the big contract is set and it has virtually NO PERFORMANCE STANDARD in it.  It's just asinine to be paid that exorbitant amount without benchmarks.  About the only benchmarks are to pay them more when the team makes the playoffs or MORE if they make the All Star game.  When the athlete tanks....yup just keep dishing the dough because YOU, the owner and GM got sucked into the  sad competition of trying to buy the best.  Totally afraid of ??

yadda71
yadda71

31 and wants 20 million a year for 10 years? I would hope that teams would look at the mistakes the Yankees have made with these giant pay days for their veterans and act accordingly. 

j7apple
j7apple

“If we don’t make it to the playoffs, I want to take my time, go on vacation and relax. Then I want to sit down with my family and decide what we gonna do.”

LOL  perhaps his agent should let him know teams usually want to be in the playoffs with the type of dough he wants.  He sure helped them this year.  not................

MARK7
MARK7

Cano, was never even that good.. I was laughing when earlier this year he said he was going to the Dodgers, yeah right.. they do not need more old man baggage and never expressed interest in the guy. The only hope this guy has, is going to the Angels who appear to be dumb enough to sign all these guys who are out of their prime to big contracts.  Most he'll get is maybe a 4 year deal, he will be out of baseball in 5 years unless he finds some of Alex Rodriguez' and Ryan Brauns' magic potion.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

"Then I want to sit down with my family and decide what we gonna do."

Translation: "I'll sit down with my agent and decide which MLB franchise is stupid enough to give me this contract."

NY NBK Far Superior
NY NBK Far Superior

as a yankee please dont give him this contract if you must and it will hurt let him go and rebuild a core for another dynasty

fuecurb
fuecurb

I hope the Yankees cave in and give it to him. Then they will have no money left to rebuild the aged franchise and be relegated to watching October playoffs for years to come.

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

$305 million. LOL. Never in a million years.


PaulGriggs
PaulGriggs

Good luck with that pipe dream, Robbie


salvaje50
salvaje50

I would say only basketball players can make such a big impact on their teams to "deserve" $30 million a year.   Players like LeBron, Durant, Kobe, and CP3 can turn around a team in just one year.   No baseball player can say the same.

ThomasCox
ThomasCox

I'm sorry, but there are no players worth that type of contract.  As, the old saying goes, "Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it."  

Lets see if MLB owners learned anything from the A-Rod debacle.


And....MLB should step in and require that whichever team is dumb enough to sign him to this mega deal, get stuck with him for the duration of the deal. 

Cinti-fan
Cinti-fan

Current playoff teams salaries

Tampa 57 million, Pittsburgh 66 million, Oakland 68 million, Cleveland 82 million, Atlanta 89 million, Cincinnati 110 million, St Louis 116 million, Detroit 149 million, Boston 158 million, LA 216 million

Yankees at 228 million and are sitting home.   


dobeking
dobeking

The Angels will sign him..they are that stupid.


WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

For a guy who plays second base, hits .300 with 28 home runs? LOL! 

Newsflash Mr. Cano - you ain't remotely A-Roid in his prime, or Pujols, Cabrera.....

These mega deals have been nearly 100% unmitigated disasters for the teams signing them. Prince Fielder has not been a flop, on the level of say, Pujols, Mauer, Howard or Crawford, but his numbers are still way down from the levels used to justify his signing. Baseball desperately needs a hard cap on salaries or teams like the Pirates and Royals will be nothing but farm teams for the Yankees and Dodgers.

The only team I can see giving Cano even a $200 million deal would be the Dodgers. Because of the absurd TV deal they signed they can afford a $300, hell, even a $400 million payroll.

RuKdingMe
RuKdingMe

As a Red Sox fan, I sure do hope that the Yankees sign him to that contract!  Will eliminate them from contention in the east for the next 5+ years.  Texeira-Cano-Jeter-Rodriguez awesome.

muser
muser

Good for him. I just finished "eyeing" LLOD Nikki Walton. My wish will come true before Cano's does. 

modsuperstar
modsuperstar

In hockey they have a salary cap and it's resulted in teams locking up players young instead of overpaying them when they're old. I'd much rather see teams pay big money for ages 23-30 instead of overpaying for 28-40 based on production from ages 21-27. Mike Trout should be making $30mil a year right now. Robinson Cano shouldn't be making $30mil a year when he's 36 and on the downslope.

William27
William27

there is still time to get to today's game and boo him every time he is at bat or fields the ball.

MikeKing
MikeKing

Albert Pujols any one?  Please let the Yankees pay this.  

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

the ghost of curt flood is giggling, while the ghost of "the boss" is saying, " hank, i will kick your but all over st pete beach if you f this up.  learn from my mistake. and,  hal,  shut up and go to bed ".  

hewhofishes
hewhofishes

6 years - 120 million is what hes worth

Old Schoolers
Old Schoolers

First of all, you're asking for $20 million a year, and you want player incentives?  Because for $20 million frickin dollars a year isn't enough to expect you to give your best effort.  Really?  I will predict that if someone gives him this it will be second coming of A-Rod . . . not the roids, but the half the contract (at least) being a total waste of money.  This is NBA money, where they're ALL overpaid!!  This is pathetic we've even gotten to the point where someone could even dream about asking for this much.  Hey major league teams . . . think Albert Pujols . . . think Josh Hamilton . . . think A-Roid . . . hell, just think!!!!

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

I laugh and scoff but with fear that somebody will be stupid enough to conceed this kind of money to Cano. What has Cano done to warrant such a ridiculous contract request? Jeff Kent, in my opinion, was an equally great second baseman and even a 100 million was too much for him. I guess Jay-Z's big lips must do wonders when it comes to kissing blowing up Cano's behind into truly believing he is worth this kind of scratch

6marK6
6marK6

not worth it. simply does not translate to market value.

Michael10
Michael10

If Jaz-Z or Cano knew anything about baseball, they'd know second baseman have the shortest career span outside catchers. Last guy to play 120 games at second at age 40? Craig Biggio in 2006 (the Astros kept throwing him out there until he reached 3000 hits). The last guy before that? Rabbit Maranville in 1932-33. The last guy before that? None. That's it. Two guys in baseball history have been regular second basemen at age forty.

Cano and anyone signing him to anywhere near ten years know he'll spend the back half of his contract as a DH (which is why NL teams aren't nearly as stupid when it comes to these deals). The bulk of Cano's value comes from the fact that he puts up the numbers he does at second base. In ten years, he just be another Giambi or Thome or Helton or Konerko or Piazza or Ibanez or Abreu or (insert your own used-to-be-valuable-because-he-played-the-field-too-slugger)

...except he'll be making $30 million.

I'm just glad it won't be my team.

Kapmak
Kapmak

Good luck in LA, Robinson

muser
muser

@yadda71 No...he wants 30 million plus for 10 years....

John4
John4

@UleNotknow Cano does have an inflated sense of what he's worth.  

John4
John4

@Heath_Bell_Experience Heath - what an extremely doushy comment.  Why are you so low class?  Couldn't your parents have done a better job?  They sure should have.  That's too bad for you.  Sorry you have to live with your own stupidity.  That must really suck.  

John4
John4

@dobeking They are stupid, but blew their budget on Josh (bat on the shoulder) Hamilton.  

Ryan16
Ryan16

@modsuperstar than you get situations like ryan nugent hopkins who has just signed a 7 mill a season contract at age 22, despite missing 20 games 2 years ago and playing in only 40 of 48 last season and putting up garbage numbers. you dont want to be in a situation where you reward a guy to early. RNH hasnt produced in his carear anywhere near a point a game and look at his salary now, huge mistake.

There is a reason teams are pushing for these "bridge" contracts like nasim kadri just signed and PK suban held out for last year before signing. relatively speaking, unless your an absolute stud of studs, your not getting that huge money till your a free agent at 27, even in the NHL

MikeKing
MikeKing

@modsuperstar Well that is up to the owners now.  If someone is stupid enough to give it to him considering Pujols and Aroid, then they deserve to pay that money.  Let's see if the owners have gotten any smarter.  

MikeKing
MikeKing

Even better, let him go to the Angels.

Michael10
Michael10

@Kapmak LA can't use him as a DH for the back half of his contract...