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Robinson Cano’s father thinks son will re-sign with Yankees

Jul 17, 2013, 8:14 AM EDT

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Robinson Cano‘s dad Jose threw to his son in Monday night’s Home Run Derby at Citi Field in New York. And he spoke to reporters about his son’s impending free agency before Tuesday’s All-Star Game:

“I am confident that the Yankees are going to come up with something good in the end,” Jose Cano said. “I hope that he can stay here. He can be the leader, like a captain. Robinson’s very smart, but quiet. He’s not going to talk too much. He talks when he needs to talk. That’s a good thing for being on a kind of team like the Yankees. He’s doing everything straight.”

“[Robinson] is the one who’s going to make a decision in the end,” added Jose. “We can say yes, we can say no, we can say we don’t know, but he’s the one who’s going to make the decision in the end.”

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported a couple weeks ago that “there’s a very good chance” Cano will hit the free agent market in November. The 30-year-old is batting .302/.386/.531 with 21 home runs and 65 RBI through 95 games this season for the fourth-place Bombers while earning a salary of $15 million.

Cano has made $58M in his nine years with New York. He recently signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Well, ten year contracts are fashionable these days.

  2. jayscarpa - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    I love watching Cano hit when he’s hot, beautiful swing. He’s not a leader when he still does stuff this:

    http://wapc.mlb.com/play?content_id=28780961

    He joked about it after but you can see he’s serious when it happens. Showing up a teammate isn’t cool.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Lighten up francis. He’s playing a game and having fun out there. If you can watch these gifs of Adrian Beltre and not laugh, something’s wrong…

    • lazlosother - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      You can tell how offended Nunez was by the way he laughed.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Carp:
      When my SS takes a ball on my side of the bag he absolutely expects me to call him out for it. Usually with…”how about giving someone else some love ball hog.”
      All in fun. But I don’t like it either.

    • gatorprof - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Agreed. Insane talent when his switch is set to “on”, but he could take some lessons in leadership and hustle from Jeter. Signing with Jay-Z is questionable at best. I don’t see Robbie as captain material…ever…because of his less than all out effort at times.

      What is a reasonable contract for him that wouldn’t turn into an Arod or Tex contract? He will be 32 next year, so 5 years / 100-120 M$? Remember how amazed everyone was at Jeter for having an awesome season at 38. They cannot go 7 years 140-160M$.

  3. sdelmonte - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    I would be shocked if the Yankees, with no other relatively young stars to speak of and a flat free agent market for years to come, aren’t willing to get stupid to keep him here. The only question is whether some other team will offer a crazy contract to drive the price of keeping him in NYC higher.

  4. aceshigh11 - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    I dunno about that…

    The Yankees HAVE to be pretty damned gun shy about offering yet another player a massive 10-year, 9-figure deal.

    The question is: how many other teams can afford him? Actually, I could see even one of the relatively smaller-market teams signing Cano just for the opportunity to have a marquee name in the lineup, along with merchandising, etc.

    • chip56 - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      My guess is that if he leaves the Yankees he winds up with either the Dodgers or Nationals.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        If the National’s “stars” pan out to be what they’re supposed to be, signing Cano to a huge contract might not jive with having to sign guys like Stratsburg and Harper when the time comes.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        I agree on the Dodgers, but not the Nationals. The Nationals are happy with Rendon at second. They need a first baseman, however.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      BTW, I finally saw the Gary Player pics. Sadly, I think we have the same ass. :(

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        Asses of a feather…

      • Reflex - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        That’s hot.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        bhahahahahaha!

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    The Yankees only had 2 All Stars yesterday and one of them is retiring.I think that they need to retain Cano but will not it he wants a very long contract.

  6. paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    It will be interesting to see what happens. Cano has huge leverage because the Yankees are running out of both talent and marketable stars. Everything is old….and even at 30 (31 in October) Cano isn’t young. But they don’t have much MiLB talent close to the majors, they don’t have many trade assets, and the FA market has been thin and over-priced for years. Even though Cano won’t be enough by himself to make a difference, it seems like the Yankees need to keep him. Even so, his best remaining seasons seem likely to be wasted if the Yankees don’t manage a magical roster over-haul.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Doom.

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        Certainly looks like it.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      I hope this immediately goes to Prince’s triple. If not scroll through and watch. ;)

      http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?cid=mlb&content_id=28928799

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        Fat boy can scoot. He wasn’t even winded.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        I think he was, but I love watching him run. Can you imagine him barreling down on you? Your life must flash before your eyes. The O’s players’ faces were priceless.

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        At least when he hits you it’ll be soft….like a giant 250 lb pillow.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        A big ass body pillow.

        BTW, I am going to keep one of my brother’s dogs for a couple weeks next month. It’s a trial run at having a dog again. She’s a cutie.

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        What kind of dog?

        Hope it goes well…dogs are awesome, there are no bad dogs….just dogs that have been owned by assholes. I can tell you what kind of dog owner a person is just by meeting their dog.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        I’ve had a dog before you know. I just haven’t had one since I had to put CoCo down. Chewy is a shepherd/chow mix. She’s 1 and has a lot of energy.

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        I know….I have always been perplexed by people that love dogs that spend significant time without one. When you get another one, you’ll wish you had done so sooner.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        It’s a circumstance thing. My life has been complicated the last couple of years.

      • paperlions - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Ah, that sucks. Hope it is rectified soon. No good person should be without a dog.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        I must have wholly misled you to think I’m a good person. lol I think for now I will have to be satisfied with occasional dog-sitting gigs.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Can you imagine him barreling down on you? Your life must flash before your eyes

        Something like this?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        But with a bear hug at the end. :)

  7. bux1022 - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Cano isn’t going anywhere!

    • tbutler704 - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      What if the LA Dodgers put 9yrs/$225M up for Cano? Will the Yankees match it?

  8. tbutler704 - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    The Yanks should have put a 9 yr deal on the table for Cano 3 years ago, not unlike the SF Giants did with Buster Posey.

    Because they didn’t, now they’ll have to give him guaranteed money up thru his 39th birthday like dummies.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      The Yankees never extend players before they have to. Even Jeter and Rivera and Bernie Williams and Andy Pettitte (etc.) declared free agency.

      And if you have all the money in the world, and believe you can outbid anyone (which they do, and have), it’s a good strategy. But I think the Dodgers are about to really screw things up for them.

      • tbutler704 - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        The Dodgers, along with this new CBA is what is screwing them. MLB really has a backdoor salary cap now when you look at how high these luxury taxes are for “repeat offenders” like the Yanks will be if they try to run the team the same old way.

        Their old Steinbrenner rules of never extending players early should be dumped out with yesterday’s garbage. Its absurd nowadays to wait until a guy like Cano is 31 years old to give him 8-10 guaranteed years.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Years of neglect of their farm system is what’s killing the Yankees. It’s impossible to believe that they needed Kevin Youkilis and Vernon Wells to fill what were supposed to be temporary holes in their starting lineup.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        The Yankees never extend players before they have to.

        They did it with Cano for his first extension. Remember he signed a deal starting in ’08 and had his worst year of his career.

        The Dodgers, along with this new CBA is what is screwing them

        The escalating luxury tax has been in since the previous CBA. Nothing new about this one that’s hamstringing the Yankees except constantly spending over the “cap”.

        Years of neglect of their farm system is what’s killing the Yankees. It’s impossible to believe that they needed Kevin Youkilis and Vernon Wells to fill what were supposed to be temporary holes in their starting lineup.

        They “needed” Youkilis because Arod was injured so Youk was a stopgap until Arod came back. Also because they needed RHH power with a LH dominant lineup. The Wells trade came because of an injury to Granderson and the above mentioned RHH issue.

        The farm system is a concern, but as many of us noted in the preseason that the Yanks farm was one year out (2014) before they could really help. The farm pitching has really stepped us this year (Nuno, Phelps, Warren, Claiborne have all pitched well), but the hitting not so much. Also let’s not forget, the Yanks have run out six or seven people at 3b this year, four or five at SS, one at 2b, at least three at 1b, and three at catcher. Injuries have decimated this roster.

  9. kevinbnyc - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    To go the other way…maybe they should trade him at the deadline? He’s arguably the best 2B in all of baseball, would be a major upgrade defensively and offensively for just about any team looking to make a run (Red Sox and possibly Rangers being a couple of exceptions), and the Yankees have to figure this year could just be a write-off at this point.

    Is it time to cash in on their best player who is, in all reality, probably only going to justify the contract they’ll need to give him for the first third of its total length?

    • tbutler704 - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      The Yankees will never do a (probably smart) deal like trading Cano as a rental to get back prospects. The papers in NY would tear them apart, the fans would be calling WFAN as if someone set Yankee Stadium on fire. You’d think, being the Yankees, they’d know a championship team when they see it and see this ain’t one…but their fans are shady and front runners and would go crazy.

      That’s a shame about them. The Mets shipped off Beltran to SF and got Zach Wheeler back.

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