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Scott Boras wants the Yankees to redo Robinson Cano’s contract. Good luck with that.

Oct 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

Boras sulking AP

George A. King III of the New York Post reports that Scott Boras attempted to contact Yankees general manager Brian Cashman about redoing Robinson Cano‘s contract. A contract that currently calls for $14 million in 2012 and $15 million in 2013, both club options.  Boras told the Post that Cashman hasn’t returned his call.

And why would they? $29 million for Cano for the next two years is a good deal. Which, you know, is why they signed the contract in the first place. Cano signed it because he wanted to hedge against risk before he was a full-blown free agent, and he has done that too.  That’s how deals work, see?

Of course you never get anything in this world without asking, so it’s not like Boras’ gambit does any harm. Sure, there’s some chutzpah there, but Boras is the Mayor of Chutzpahopolis, so it’s no biggie for him.  If Cano is still worth mega bucks when his deal is up after 2013, the Yankees will still pony up for him. They’re not gonna say “No! Boras is a meany!” At the same time, if this move makes it even .001% more likely that the Yankees begin talks about some sort of longer term extension, it will have been more than worth it.

Boras is no idiot. And, despite what I feel will be some rumbling and grumbling at perceived greed and all of that, it’s really of no consequence. Standard Boras Operating Procedure. Nothing the Yankees aren’t able to laugh off. Nothing that affects Cano’s relationship with the team at all.

  1. uyf1950 - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    All it is, is Boras trying to grab some headlines at a time when he has no “big time” FA hitting the market. If Cano keeps up the great play Boras and Cano’s “very” big payday will come. It’s just not going to come in 2012 or probably 2013. The Yankees have other more pressing issues to deal with this off season.

    • Alex K - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:24 AM

      I’m about 99.5% sure the Prince Fielder is a Boras client.

      • uyf1950 - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:31 AM

        I stand corrected. Thank you.

  2. alang3131982 - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Actually, all it is is Boras trying to get more money for him (and potentially the client, which is fine). He wasnt the agent during that first deal so he gets no money off of it. now, if the Yankees redo the deal, then he gets paid…soo he cant earn any money off Cano until that deal is redone or over.

  3. hansob - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    I don’t think even Boras expects the Yankees to just add $5M a year to the existing numbers. But if Cano wants to cash in now, he can certainly try to negotiate an extension. And maybe instead of adding 4 years/$100M to the end of the current deal, they rip up the current deal and make it a new 6 years/ $126M where Cano can start making $20M a year right now.

    Those numbers might be high, but you get the idea.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      From what I can remember, the Yankees don’t extend anyone before their current deals expire. They’re willing to wait until the player reaches free agency and then outbid others for the players they want to keep. For the Yankees, it’s a good strategy.

      • Ari Collins - Oct 27, 2011 at 1:29 PM

        They made an exception to that rule with someone in the last few years, but I honestly can’t remember who it was.

      • Kevin S. - Oct 28, 2011 at 7:55 AM

        They first broke the rule when they offered A-Rod an extension to preempt his opt-out (much like they are planning to do with Sabathia), but that’s the only time I can think of. This rule, by the way, does not include extending cost-controlled players to buy out arbitration or FA years.

    • lardin - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      why would the Yankees do that?

      • Ari Collins - Oct 27, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        Because if they wait until two more typical Cano years happen, they’re looking at a 7 year $170M deal. They could lock up a star at a relative discount if they sign him a couple years before FA.

        But if I were the Yankees, I keep him for $15M a year in his late 20s and let someone else pay him $25M a year in his 30s.

  4. natstowngreg - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Same old same old. If your client plays well, demand more. If your client doesn’t, keep quiet (see Werth, Jayson).

  5. Kyle - Oct 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Sure, worth a shot, but it ain’t happening, Scott.

  6. mojosmagic - Oct 27, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    I would tell Scott this; until you start giving teams money back for under performing clients like Jason Worthless don’t bother me. The fans end up getting shafted with higher ticket prices because at the end of the day that’s who pays the piper.

    • Alex K - Oct 27, 2011 at 2:16 PM

      Player salaries don’t hike up ticket prices. It’s supply and demand.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 27, 2011 at 3:09 PM

        I’m not shocked by all the thumbs down. It’s a common misconception.

        Here’s a thought experiment. College athletes are (supposedly) unpaid. But the ticket prices change all the time.

        There’s just no connection between salaries and ticket prices. None.

      • Alex K - Oct 27, 2011 at 3:14 PM

        I’m just suprised that there are only 3 after nearly an hour.

      • paperlions - Oct 27, 2011 at 6:13 PM

        Well…people are stupid.

        For some reason they prefer to blame the players for being greedy even though the players are 100% of the reason they go to games….the owners, who have no particular talent, but extract large quantities of money by hosting the exhibitions people want to see, are somehow exempt from being considered greedy.

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