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The Yankees have expressed an interest in Omar Infante

Nov 4, 2013, 9:34 AM EDT

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Another way to read this is “the Yankees really do plan on re-signing Robinson Cano, but (a) they don’t want to be left with their pants around their ankles in the event he bolts; and (b) even if he does want to come back, it’s be nice to at least pretend we could go a different direction for bargaining purposes.” George King of the Post:

According to industry sources, general manager Brian Cashman has checked on second baseman Omar Infante during the period when teams and players could talk about everything but money.

That ends Tuesday, when teams can negotiate dollars and free agents can sign.

It’s been several months since we’ve been in hot-stove mode, so in case you forgot: everyone checks in with everyone on everyone. Sometimes it’s significant, sometimes it isn’t, but reporters who hear about it will always talk about it.

This one: I wouldn’t consider it significant unless and until Cano is linked strongly with another team.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    They should just formalize these things. Expression of Interest. Make an internet form out of it. The Canadian Government has one for potential immigrants. MLB could use one for potential free agent buyers!!!

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Something like this: http://www.ciit-isb.edu.pk/NewsAndEvents/CurrentNewsAndEvents/CurrentNewsAndEventsImages/2008-08-01-EOI.jpg

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Why make it so formal? We had a way of dealing with this kind of stuff back in middle school:

        Do you like me?

        Yes
        No

        Circle one please

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Because if it’s not Formal Selig can’t make a committee to study it.

  2. stex52 - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Obviously, Cano is a better choice. But Infante is a very steady hitter, albeit with a lot less power.

    If you decided that your team had a lot of holes and was going to need a general rebuild, getting Infante and saving 15 MM$ or so a year and over 100 MM$ on the big budget might be worth it.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    The Yankees should sign him regardless. He can play all over the infield. Between age and injuries, I sure he could play everyday for the 2014 Yankees.

    • genericcommenter - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      But then he will just complain that the Yankees only want him to be a utility player, even though he would get full-time work. Then he will sign with the Red Sox, have a decent year, and everyone will be asking next year why the Yankees didn’t try to sign him, even though they did.

  4. chip56 - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    If I’m Cano and the money is similar from the Yankees and from a team like the Nationals or Angels, I would have to strongly consider which team has the better chance of winning while I’m still in my prime.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      I have to imagine Cano the Yankee can earn more in endorsement and other stuff than Cano the National. He didn’t sign with JayZ for his sports acumen.

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