Posted October 08, 2013

Yankees owner says Robinson Cano will get ‘solid offer’, not 10 years

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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 become a free-agent at the end of the season. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

It looks like the New York Yankees are done giving out 10-year contracts.

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano reportedly was seeking a 10-year deal worth $300 million when he becomes a free-agent this offseason.

But the Yankees brass said that Cano is still a marquee player but are not prepared to offer Cano a contract that substantial, especially after giving third baseman Alex Rodriguez a 10-year, $275 million deal six years ago.

“I don’t feel this organization is ready to do something like that,” Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said on ESPN Radio. “No, I do not.”

“We’ll see. I know that is a number that is out there now. We’ll see if he gets it, how much he wants to be in New York. But, again, I can promise it is going to be a very, very solid offer that we do make because we are going to try. We are going to try the best we can to keep him.”

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The 30-year old Cano hit. 314 with 27 home runs with 107 RBIs this season, and it’s clear that the Yankees want to re-sign him.

“I’m optimistic and I know that we are going to make him a very, very good offer,” Steinbrenner said. “Is anybody an absolute must-to-sign? No. And that’s nothing against Robby. [It's] just not reasonable to assume that about anybody. We are going to do what we can. We’ve certainly conveyed to Robby we want him back and we want him to be a career Yankee. We’ll just have to see what transpires here.”


21 comments
ozeepat
ozeepat

I wish I could find a way to write this to those money hungry disloyal wannabe Steinbrenners, meaning their father. George must be turning over, rest his soul. Since I can't find a way to write to them, I am posting my feelings here. I am a 78 year old fan who has been a Yankee fan as far back as I can remember, even though my dad was a Dodger fan and then a Mets fan.

While I don't have any allegiance for any of the other Yankee players, I did for Mariano, who we know is now retired, and of course Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano. I always said that if the Yankees ever let any of them go, they would lose me (not that they care what I think). Well now that they let Cano go, I am also gone.

George, unlike his money hungry greedy sons, who only care about money and not the good of the team or their fans, did care about winning and money was no object. To me, other than dissing Jeter, letting Robbie go is the worst thing they could have done. Though hate is a strong word, I am that close to how I feel about them. 

Ex Yankee Fan,

Pat Napolitano

ksummerv
ksummerv

A-Rod get 29 million a year. Cano is the best player on the Yankees. It is only logical to ask for 30 million for x amount of years. So expect him to sign a 7 year contract worth 210 million and bonuses. This is the perfect time for Cano to finish his career as a Yankee.  The Yankees would be foolish to let him go. 

bridget61
bridget61

being greedy wont get you anywhere cano is a good player but not worth  tat much money he needs to stop listening to his daddy and be real.

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

the ghost of the boss is saying, "hank, i will beat you senseless",  the ghost of curt flood chuckles

Whatever
Whatever

A 10 year deal for any player in baseball is utter stupidity, especially for a 30 year old player.

salvaje50
salvaje50

He won't give him a ten year deal.  He'll give him a 9 year, $235 million instead

6marK6
6marK6

But ten year deals are a great idea!

Signed

Los Angeles Angels

ineedataxi
ineedataxi

At 30 years old any team that signs him to that is retarded

John4
John4

He should expect an offer (from the Yankees) of about 5 yrs and $80 to $100 Million.  Anything more is foolish and not good team salary structure management.  Also, the Yankees HAVE to free up millions and millions for the pending Mike Trout free agency.  Expect Trout to look for - and receive - an offer from the Yankees of about $375 million over 10 years.   Two big differences between Trout and Cano:  Age - Trout is much younger and talent - Trout is simply a MUCH better player than Cano.  

kj4027
kj4027

When possible teams should work the contracts so that they expire on or near a player's 35th birthday. In general most players have a big drop in production and more injuries when they turn 35. There is always the exception but usually bodies start to break down. After a player turns 35 then only offer 2 year deals.

jacobmrley1
jacobmrley1

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Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

They'll still overpay for him or their offer will be an overpay even if he ends up on the Dodgers or another team.  But the Yankees have had the most money for a few decades now so it's less money to them than it is for other teams...

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

The Yankees and any other team would be nuts to give Cano more than $80 million over five years. He is not a Super Star - of the young A-Roid, Pujols, etc. level. Far better to let him go and replace him with a guy who hits .260 with 15 homers for $5 million a season.

ksummerv
ksummerv

@John4 You have a good point but you are measuring apple and oranges. $37.5 million a year. Yeah right. Cano has a proven track record. The Yankees don't go for young guys.  They go for experienced veterans. You would get rid of the best second baseman for an outfielder. You got to be kidding me. Age doesn't mean anything in baseball.  Players have been lying about their age and playing until 45 years old. 

Will13
Will13

@John4 

You make valid points, but Cano will get WAY more than $80-$100 mills. Probably double that over seven years. Also, Trout isn't due to become a free agent until after the 2017 season. After Josh Hamilton's absurd contract is over, they will surely lock Trout up long-term.

Pat11
Pat11

@kj4027 I was gonna post a very simular post asking how many 2cd basemen have have great careers after 35 years? Thats a position for your quickest or 2cd quickest player. Age is not so kind to quick reflex's says this man who knows all to well about this growing older cr*p.

John4
John4

@kj4027 Or age 33 and then only one year deals.  

Whatever
Whatever

@John4 @kj4027 No player of Cano's talent will go for a 1 year deal. That's a slap in the face, even if he was 33 if he's still producing. And someone else will offer him more than 1 year, so he would take that. Nice dreamworld, John4.