Posted November 19, 2013

Yankees president: No interest in $300 million deal for any 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 won his fourth straight Silver Slugger award in 2013. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

New York Yankees president Randy Levine said that the team will not pay any player a $300 million contract and despite representatives of second baseman Robinson Cano demanding a 10-year deal worth $310 million.

The team has made an offer to Cano, which is believed to between five and seven years worth around $160 million, according to the report.

The richest contract in baseball history was the one the Yankees gave to third baseman Alex Rodriguez in 2007, a 10-year, $275 million deal, with another $30 million in performance bonuses.

“We want Robbie back; we think Robbie is terrific,” Levine said to ESPNNewYork.com. “But we have no interest in doing any 10-year deals and no interest in paying $300 million to any player. Until he gets a little more realistic, we have nothing to talk about.”

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Cano, a five time All-Star, hit .302 with 27 home runs and 107 RBI for the Yankees last season. He has batted over .300 in seven of the nine seasons he has been with the team.


15 comments
Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury
Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury

Dumping him would be the smartest thing the Yankees have done in over 10 years. And more MLB teams turning down greedy players like this would be the best thing to happen to MLB in decades.

rogerdale38
rogerdale38

From a fans point, I wouldn't pay 300 million for a whole team. From an owners perspective, the better the player, the better the draw. The better the draw, the more revenue. Spend money to make money. The ones that get hurt in the end are the folks that can't afford to take their family's to a ball game. So to the greedy owners, the selfish players and the predatory agents. Just keep that little three ring circus going. It will come back to haunt you some day. Just keep giving each other a reach-around in that little circle. Selfish twits.

weir6
weir6

Dear Yankees: You started the culture of grossly overpaid players, and over the top contracts, so don't complain.  Suck it.



Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury
Boston_Mass_Sports21stCentury

Hate the Yankees but this is one time I actually agree with them against paying Cano that amount he is asking for. No MLB player in history should ever have the right to be worth that much he is asking for. If they give in to Cano's demand this will be huge open season opportunity for every other greedy MLB player to do the same thing to their team including current Red Sox players. It is these type of contracts that continue to kill the affordability worth for most people who attend MLB games. These type of greedy contracts should be outlawed in MLB.

9yanks7
9yanks7

I also agree with The DR.  Haven't been to a game (unless someone actually gives me a free ticket) since 1994…..the no World Series year.

9yanks7
9yanks7

And they told Mantle that "No one's worth 100………..THOUSAND"  Let someone that wants to deal with Mr. Beyonce have him.  Great player receiving bad advice.

The_DR
The_DR

This is why I don't go to games anymore.  Who pays these salaries?  The fans.  I for one can not afford to take my family to games anymore to pay these greedy athletes salaries.  Thank you Yankees.  Don't pay these guys.  Let them go!

Dustin3
Dustin3

So the Yankees finally learned it wasn't a good idea to bid against themselves? About time.

William27
William27

Cano makes me want to puke on him

and his Jay-Z is a pathetic piece of dog excrement

oasis1994
oasis1994

This will be the smartest move the Yankees have made in the past 10 years in terms of NOT signing someone. Really, 300+ million? I know that is the asking price, but still even 200+ million is a far cry. 

Sign 4 to 5 other guys like the A's do and call it a day. Let another stupid team out see sign him and then try trading him after 2 years. 

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

@oasis1994 Do you realize what you actually wrote?

You implied that it's not totally out of the picture to pay one single person $200M+ for playing baseball for a number of years.

$200M. That is the same amount of money that 5,128 American working full time (at the average US yearly salary of $39,000) would make.

Over five thousand people!?!

Are you implying that Robinson Cano, batting .300 and jogging out ground balls to the infield, is worth 5,128 Americans?

The lunatics are running the asylum...


oasis1994
oasis1994

@UnishowponyWherebeef @oasis1994 

I know what I wrote and it makes me sick

I completely agree with you. None of these players should be making this much to play a sport. It drives me insane to think they get this much money. Giving Cano 200 million is crazy; as it is with any player.

I really think all sports should shut down and start over. The owners and GMs are just as much to blame for this. Hearing that Kershaw might get 300 million is just stupid.

All teams should function like the A's and Rays. Small payroll and they win.