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Robinson Cano will not be giving the Yankees a hometown discount

Nov 9, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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More from Joel Sherman, who notes that while the Yankees have more immediate concerns, their biggest overall decision involves a long term deal for Robinson Cano.  Sherman says:

I reported last month Cano was telling teammates he is expecting a 10-year contract at the top of the market. Now, a confidant of Cano informs me the second baseman thinks he has taken a discount once to sign long term with the Yankees and will not do so again.

It’s hard to imagine anyone in baseball is going to give a ten year deal to a guy who will be 31 years-old when it comes up.  Especially a team that is currently suffering because of a ten year deal given to a guy in Alex Rodriguez who was 32 years-old when he got his ten year deal.

  1. pisano - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Well guess what? he’ll be moving on. I think the Yankees will think real hard on any long term contract now because of what they’re looking at with Arod. A ten year contract for any player is ridiculous, especially at 31 years old. If Cashman is smart, he’ll be looking for a replacement asap.

    • whatthehellisansky - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Cano to the Dbacks for Upton and Bauer and Aaron hill?

      • paperlions - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        Considering how expensive he is and that he’ll be a FA soon (and won’t be resigning with the D-backs)….there is no way Upton or Bauer would be involved in such a deal.

      • seeingwhatsticks - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        You have to love Yankee fans. “That team’s 2 best players and their top prospect for a guy that we don’t want anyway. Totally fair!”

      • GoneYickitty - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        That would obviously only be fair if the D’backs threw in Montero and $200M to help cover salaries.

      • Jeremy T - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        Hooray, we’re lovable!

  2. pmcenroe - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Yeah 10 seems a bit long, but I could see the Yankees doing 8 with a higher AAV to partially make up for those two years.

  3. djjackson81 - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Dbacks wouldn’t move all three players for Cano knowing he is looking for a 10 year contract at top tear money. They are content with Hill at second at reasonable cost/contract. They are looking for a SS or 3rd Basemen mainly. Upton top value on the club and top pitching Prospect in the organization Bauer should get the the most value for there needs,third,SS,front end rotation pitcher. Not Cano and his ridiculous contract wants.

  4. paperlions - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    He may not be moving on….no one else is going to give him 10 years either. Instead of doing dumb shit like bidding against themselves, they may just tell him to find what he can on the market and they’ll match it….and if he wants to leave…he leaves.

  5. Glenn - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I don’t even think a :mystery team” will fake offer 10 years to Cano. He won’t get more than seven and that will be a year or two too long.

  6. number42is1 - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    When i said this a fews ago i got more thumbs down (thumb downs??) that the book Finger Finger Thumb Thumb.

    but yea… Adios Amigo! it’s been a blast but you are not getting anything loner than a 6 yr deal with options for 7 and/or 8. even then he’s not going to get the 25 mil per that he’s looking for. 20-22 for 6 yrs MAYBE.

    • martywinn - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb?

      • number42is1 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        this ^^^^

  7. uyf1950 - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I wish Cano good luck getting 10 years. Because it won’t be with the Yankees. I just can’t see Hal and Company giving anyone and I do mean anyone that length contract anymore. Personally the most I would go would be 6 years/$150MM total. But I can see the Yankees going 7 years max. We’ll see I guess, the Yankees have this entire year to come up with a strategy and a Plan B if necessary. As of today there are 1 or 2 other free agent options scheduled to hit the market for the 2014 season (Aaron Hill for one).

    • number42is1 - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      I bet that they would give strassburg or trout ten years.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        I guess we will never find out will we. Call me silly but I would prefer to have more then 1 years MLB experience on the players resume before I threw 10 years and $200MM plus at a player for his services.

    • number42is1 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      Oh.. i totally agree with you but i am just saying that if someone like trout went to his team and said give me a 10 yr contract right now for $150 he would get it in a heartbeat.

      • seeingwhatsticks - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        Uh, no they wouldn’t. Those players are under team control for at least the next couple of years. They can either play for their current teams or sit at home and do nothing. Why would a team fork over $150+ million to a player that has no leverage?

      • Kevin S. - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

        Because players who have MVP-caliber seasons when they’re twenty-one get ten-year, quarter-billion dollar contracts when they’re twenty-seven. If Trout offered to let the Angels buy out five of his FA years right now at that cost, they would absolutely do it in a heartbeat. Even figuring he breaks Ryan Howard’s arbitration buyouts, the Angels would be paying him about $60 million for the rest of his team-controlled years. Getting his first five years of FA for $18 million/year might be one of the greatest contracts in MLB history. If the Angels went year-to-year with him and then signed him when he hit FA, they might wind up costing themselves an additional $200 million.

  8. nategearhart - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    I guess it’s semantics, but I never understood the “hometown discount” business in the cases when the guy isn’t from there.

    • dcfan4life - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      If you play a sport on a team for a long time, love playing there, they win, why would you want to leave? Its become your hometown, especially if you have kids. Moving is so annoying for baseball players many of their families dont move when a player is traded or signs elsewhere. So to not go through that, and stay comfortable many players who wish to remain with a club take a pay cut. However most of the time its to a team that couldn’t afford a max contract. The Yankees are definately NOT one of those teams.

      • nategearhart - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        Oh I can perfectly understand why a player would want to stay with a team. I get ties to the team that brought you up, and a city growing on you. I just don’t understand calling it a hometown discount. Especially with the Cole Hamels business a year or two ago, everyone asked if he was going to give the Phillies a “hometown discount” when he’s from San Diego.

      • dcfan4life - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM

        Ok, what else would you call it? Gotta factor in that “hometown discount” is a very easy term that everyone understands. Cant call it the “discount for Hamels in Philly when hes from San Diego” now can we lol.

  9. slartibartfast4242 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Yeah. Good luck with that Robbie. Even though that contract is ridiculous, A-Rod was freaking great when he signed that contract. (And A-Rod has never been accused of being lackadaisical on the field and you never see him not running out a ground ball hard.)
    Don’t take this the wrong way, Cano is very good, but nowhere near as good to be deserving of a 10 year deal at age 31-32. He’s had exactly 2 seasons with OPS over .900 and this is supposed to be his prime. Why would they want to overpay for an aging player for above average but not great production.

    Ideally, offer him a 4 year deal with a 5th year vesting option. But, more likely it’ll be 6 years and overpay. If he wants anything more than that, well, thanks for the good years Robbie.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      He’s had exactly 2 seasons with OPS over .900 and this is supposed to be his prime.

      Joe Morgan is widely considered the best 2b ever, and he’s had three seasons of .900 OPS or better. You can’t just take one batting stat and apply it across all players evenly, as a .900 OPS hitter at 2b is significantly more valuable than one at LF. If you also think a guy who hit .313/.379/.550 with 33 HR at 2b is only above average, who are you comparing him against, Barry Bonds and Babe Ruth?

      • paperlions - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        Morgan also played in a completely different offensive era, most of his years were during a time of low offense/power. His career wRC+ and wOBA are significantly higher than Cano’s…and those includes Morgans complete decline phase through age 41….not to mention a pt of wOBA or wRC+ means more within the context of low offensive environments compared to those since 1993.

      • slartibartfast4242 - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        @ Church.
        Not at all comparing him to Bonds or Ruth. The comparison was made to make the point that he doesn’t deserve a 10 year deal at top money at that age.
        Guys like A-Rod and Pujols that got 10 year deals were great and deserving (partially, of course). Cano has done nothing near as good as those guys.

        Yeah, he hit .313/.379/.550 with 33HR which was a career year for him. This is what I referred to as his prime. He is not going to repeat those numbers as he gets into the wrong side of thirties. When I said above average production I was projecting what he might do as he ages and not the career year you posted.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        not to mention a pt of wOBA or wRC+ means more within the context of low offensive environments compared to those since 1993.

        I’m well aware of everything you wrote. I was responding to slarti in regards to his .900 OPS comment. It’s a ridiculous way to judge a 2b, or a SS for that matter when those positions have been traditionally defensive first.

      • paperlions - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

        I know church….just a general comment for more context.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      when he’s on he has that imposssible to get out apppearance – kind of like Albert Pujols or Manny Ramirez used to.

  10. JB (the original) - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    If he feels he’s already given the hometown discount in his last contract, then tear up this last year and have it be the first year of his “market value” contract instead.

  11. doclolly - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Cano is arguably one of the best players in the league and his position. That being said

    5 years 100 million with team options for 6th and 7th is a fair offer to give him so by the end of deal he’ll be 36 and they can reevaluate if hes worth the last 2 years

  12. tcostant - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    The next time that Cano runs hard to 1B, will be the first time… I couldn’t wish anything more than the Yankees to give him a 10 year deal.

    • slartibartfast4242 - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      I agree with the first part of your comment. My wish is that the second part wouldn’t come true. So, maybe they’ll settle on a 5 year deal.

  13. sophiethegreatdane - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Do it, Yanks. The guy is invaluable. 10 years with two years of player options at $20 million per sounds about right. Do it. Ya know you wanna do it. Everybody’s doing it.

  14. shockgee - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Who does this little punk think he is? See, this is why I just cannot stand this cocky little brat (he should play for the Jets). Pretty much been handed everything and now he wants hundreds of millions of dollars (let’s be reasonable, you know he’s gonna want Prince/Albert dough), for the most part tanking in the playoffs this season. He’s been starting to phone in routine plays and he just has this arrogance about him that is just not likable. Maybe he ought to stroll down the streets of Jersey and New York this weekend to gain some humbleness instead acting like the overprivileged daddy’s boy that he is. Note to “Robbie”, we all know he hates that, you’re expendable.

  15. jburrell4 - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    I’m a Tigers fan and don’t even mind the Yanks. That being said, Cano’s game is LAZY. I’ve never seen anyone hustle less out of the box or at his position. He’s way overrated. If he didn’t play 2B but corner OF instead…

  16. jburrell4 - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Shockgee- (hopefully that’s a sweet DU reference) just read your comment and ‘arrogance’ is spot on, man. That’s EXACTLY what it is.

  17. jeffbbf - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    How did Cano give the Yankees a home-town discount? He signed a contract to avoid arbitration, not free-agency. There was no other team that Cano could have even negotiated with at the time. The Yankees bought out his 1st 2 years of FA (2012/2013) for $29 million as part of the agreement to give him 4 years of guaranteed salary when he was 25. He rewarded the Yankees with a .271/.305/.410 season in 2008. Anyway, it’s tiring watching these guys beg for the security of a long-term deal when a team doesn’t have to give it to them, then complain 3-4 years later when they don’t think their annual salary is high enough.

  18. cackalackyank - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Yeah ain’t it amazing. This guy is arogant, cocky and is LAZY, Overated, has no Hustle, and yet he is a finalist for the AL MVP…and Derek Jeter is not. ….and now he thinks he is getting a $200M+ contract for 10 years. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Baseball is broken.

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