The New York Yankees and free agent to be Robinson Cano seem to be further apart than ever on reaching a deal to bring the slugging second baseman back to the Bronx.
Does this mean we are seeing Cano’s last days in pinstripes?
It may be too early to say that, but with each passing day the likelihood that Cano winds up in let’s say, Dodger Blue, looks more and more realistic.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN Cano and his agent are seeking a 10 year deal that would pay the all star second baseman approximately $305 million.
Just think about that for a second. $305 million. Let it sink in.
Sometimes fans get bent out of shape when players are overpaid, me I can care less, It’s not my money. But this seems to step over the imagenary line of reason and into the realm of ridiculous. As a lifelong Yankee’s fan, and someone who loves Cano’s game, I honestly could never get behind the Yankees paying any player this much.
As we have come to see from contracts like Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Barry Zito, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Texeria, and CC Sabathia, the likelihood that these giant long term contracts pay off is incredibly rare. For every Joey Votto contract, there are ten Josh Hamilton contracts. It simply does not make a lot of sense, especially when a player is over 30, which Cano is.
So while every Yankee fan would certainly want to see Cano become a part of the Yankees future, is it really worth it at that enormous price tag?
When asked about his decision making process this winter, Cano told reporters he would be taking his time to evalutate his options.
“If we don’t make it to the playoffs, I want to take my time, go on vacation and relax,” Cano said. “Then I want to sit down with my family and decide what we gonna do.”
“I haven’t decided anything yet,” said Cano, who leads the Yankees with 27 homers, 106 RBIs and a .315 batting average. “But don’t get me wrong. I love this team, you know?”
Cano sounded even more ominous when he was asked about the possibility of Thursday night being his final home game at Yankee Stadium.
“Oh, yeah, who knows? Who knows what’s going to happen,” he said. “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.”
Whether it is with the New York Yankees, or elsewhere, Cano is expected to sign the largest contract ever by a major league second baseman.
So what would you do Yankees fans?