Posted November 26, 2013

Report: Robinson Cano, Yankees still far apart in negotiation

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Robinson Cano (James Devaney/Getty Images)

Robinson Cano is a career .309 hitter in nine seasons with the Yankees. (James Devaney/Getty Images)

Robinson Cano’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, and the Yankees met on Tuesday to continue talks for a new contract for the second baseman, and the gap between the two sides remains substantial, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

However, another source told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com the Cano side “did move a little,” but didn’t specify whether that meant in length of the contract or in dollars.

The sides are going to try and meet again on Wednesday, the source said.

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Cano reportedly asked for a 10-year deal worth $305 million earlier this year, and the Yankees countered with a seven-year, $161 million offer.

The Yankees are attempting to get under the $189 million luxury tax threshold next year and just signed catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal on Saturday.

Cano’s representatives recently met with the Mets, but a deal between the two sides is a longshot.

A five-time All Star, Cano finished in the top-5 in AL MVP voting for the third time in four years after hitting .314 with 27 home runs and 107 RBIs.

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17 comments
MichaelC
MichaelC

I don't see why everyone's freaking out about Cano's contract. He is the marquee free agent and he wants to get paid, just as every free agent in MLB. It's not a matter of "deserving" it or "paying for past performance" ... free agency is essentially structured to OVERPAY. 

Six years of mandatory service added to a salary arbitration ... a player is typically in his late 20s or early 30s before hitting the free agent market. Historically, players peak at 27-30 so paying top dollar for a player for his DECLINE is ridiculous. But that's how it is and that's how it'll continue to be. Look at some the highest paid hitters - A-Rod, Pujols, Teixeira, Joe Mauer, Josh Hamilton, Vernon Wells, Carl Crawford, Ryan Howard, Alfonso Soriano, etc. - their contracts only lead to future bad contracts dished out to aging players. But is it "bad" if it's the standard?

B_Phil
B_Phil

How can anyone expect a guy to get by on only $25 million a year? He probably can't even get on the Obama care website to get health insurance......

William27
William27

he makes me want to puke

does he think he walks on water and cures the sick ?

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

He ain't worth the seven years at $161 million. Newsflash to Yankees management - You had Cano last season and finished in fourth place in the division with 85 wins. Cano is not a difference making player. Any team that gives a career playoff .222 hitter (with a very large 203 at bat sample) more than $10 million a season is run by idiots.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

7 years makes some sense.  I wouldn't go any longer than that.  That pays him through his 37 yo season.  He could be way over the hill by then.  But I could see going higher on the per year.  7 years, $190M seems more reasonable. 

parkbrav
parkbrav

give the man his $$$ he de$erve$ it

LeslieHoerwinkle
LeslieHoerwinkle

This guy is a top 25 second baseman. He should be paid like one.

oasis1994
oasis1994

The Yankees should let this guy walk and sign 4 or 5 other guys. The Yankees might have one other team bidding on Cano (Well, that is what I think). I would pull the offer and tell him it is over and to have fun testing the market.

gymviking
gymviking

Who are they bidding against, again?

EnashWaca
EnashWaca

I see them ending up with a $200 million 8 year contract.

effeweall
effeweall

@MichaelC everyone is freaking out because normally when a star is left out there for other teams to grab, he is usually gone.  Cano is not a star.  He dont run, dont speak english, not marketable to Americans.

The yankees are making a stand, they will no longer overpay players when there is actually no competition from any other team.  Cano can go off into obscurity in Seatle, and do Starbucks commercials while getting front row for Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder weeping/wailing/"singing"

Cano knows he if forced to grovel for what they yankees will mercfully offer his lazy self.

be happy they even are still interested in you.

Great choice dumping Scott Boras for Joe the Camel.  Boris got Hollywood Ellsbury 21.5 mil a year for 7 years.

William27
William27

@parkbrav how much did Jay Z pay you to say this

no straight thinking person would say that

John4
John4

@parkbrav They're trying to.  (For reasons I cannot understand).  The Yankees have offered $161 Million over 7 years.  Why in the world would Cano think he's worth more than that?  Why in the world would he be worth anywhere near $161 Million dollars?  Just accept the offer, Cano.  It's a great offer.  

parkbrav
parkbrav

@LeslieHoerwinkle cano is an elite second baseman and calling him a "top 25" second baseman is playing fast and loose with the facts

parkbrav
parkbrav

@oasis1994 did you happen to see the Yankees last season without Cano in the lineup?

John4
John4

@EnashWaca Probably true, and way too much.  His market value is about $16 Million (per year) for 4 to 5 years.  Not a penny more.