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Robinson Cano reportedly still wants $310 million

Nov 18, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

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ESPN New York reports:

Robinson Cano has not budged off his request of a 10-year, $310 million contract, a source with knowledge of the asking price told ESPN New York on Monday.

Having a bit of a trying day, so thanks for the laugh, Mr. Cano. Or thanks to the Yankees person leaking that in an effort to make Cano look unreasonable and thus easier, from a P.R. perspective, to let him walk away. Could be either one.

Either way: I’ll be shocked if he’s signed before Christmas.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Hey, who doesn’t?

    • apkyletexas - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      I also want $310 million.

      I am also willing to wait until after Christmas. Although – before Christmas would be a bit preferable.

      If they sign me, I could guarantee the Yankees at least as many playoff wins as Cano helped them to last year.

  2. temporarilyexiled - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Makes it perfectly reasonable for me to ask for $310 thousand.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I gotta get Jay-Z to represent me.

  4. mediocrebob - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    That’s almost half the cost of the braves new stadium. Whoa

    • paperlions - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      If Cano could convince Cobb County to pay for 55% of the contract, they could probably get this deal done.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        Maybe the Yankees can give him those parking garages n the Bronx that were financed with tax free bonds which will soon be discharged in bankruptcy.

        Meanwhile, my son’s NYC school just asked me to donate paper towels and baby wipes for the class room, since those items were not in their budget.

      • paperlions - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        Well, pretty soon they’ll ask you to stop by to teach algebra, because the teacher wasn’t in their budget. Ever since 1980, education has been cut over and over and over. You know why college costs are crazy high? Because states have slashed their budgets, helping to ensure that only the fairly well off can afford to go to school….just like the good old days. Most state schools now get only a tiny portion of their budget from tax dollars.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        And yet baseball owners and players trick municipalities into giving them millions for new projects that are destined to harm the community more than help. Frankly, I can’t help but think that, if baseball wants to keep that juicy anti-trust exemption, they should be forced to contribute WAY MORE to the communities that host them. Call me a socialist all you want, but how is the world better with the Steinbrenners and/or ARod making the money they make from baseball while education suffers?

      • paperlions - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        It isn’t, but people don’t seem to realize that the opposite of socialism is not capitalism, it is deregulation to the point that money can be used to corner the market on everything and an unending ability of corporations to make any money there is to make. For example, the recent trend of corporations buying nearly all available houses lost to forclosures and then renting them out….they are allowed to do this even if they do not have the highest offer on most of the houses because they are willing to buy houses that no one else wants. Woo hoo….moving to a world in which private residences are all owned by corporations, yipee.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        They don’t need to call them “developments” anymore. How about “serfdoms?” Seriously, quit your job? You better find a new place to live first…

      • bigharold - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        “Call me a socialist all you want, ..”

        The point is in a real capitalist system Governments would pick up ZERO of the cost to build and maintain the work place of a private enterprise.

        The real magic here is to get Government to subsidize ones private endeavor and then get everybody to agree that it’s good business. You might have an argument for start up business that is bring new jobs to your community but subsidizing the filthy rich is almost a criminal failure of an elected officials fiduciary responsibility. Especially, the Yankees. Where were the ‘Bronx Bombers” going to go anyway, .. NJ? I love the Yankees but the Steinbrenner’s should not have had their construction bonds deemed tax free. NYC lost hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.

        What I don’t get is how time after time local municipalities fall for the same BS. That’s right Cobb Co Ga, .. I’m looking at you.

    • louhudson23 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:13 AM

      Both are questionable to be around in ten years…

  5. stoutfiles - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    6 years / 120 mil would be my final offer. And even then I wouldn’t be happy paying it.

    Cano is all about the money, I suspect poor numbers immediately going forward as soon as he signs this deal, especially when he gets much less than he wants and feels disrespected. With a ten year deal, what’s the point of trying hard? You’re getting paid regardless.

    • TheMorningStar - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      Ha ha, c’mon get with reality…no way he would ever sign for such an amount.

      And he’s no Pedrioa, taking a hometown discount because he actually loves playing over $$$.

      Some team will pay north of 200+ million for his services, the Yankees most likely. It’s not like they don’t have the $$$ to spend.

      • bigharold - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        “And he’s no Pedrioa, taking a hometown discount because he actually loves playing over $$$.”

        St. Pedroia may well have decided to get a long term deal while the getting was good but he’s every bit the professional that Cano is. He’s not playing for beer money and free room and board. And, Pedroia wouldn’t have eligible for FA for another two years, meaning he’d be a year older than Cano is now. With his injury history and his style of all out, head first take no prisoners play, (all of which is admirable) .. that would be a big risk.

        I like Pedroia, .. he is my favorite RS but he made a business decision too. No doubt he wanted to stay in Boston and left some money on the table but he also secured is contract concerns until his late 30s. So it’s not like he’s playing merely for the love of the game. Of course now, he’ll only make a measly $130-140 million in his career so we might have to all get together and throw him a benefit keger.

  6. phillysports1 - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I would love to see him in a cubs/blue jays uniform . But a team that really needs him and will fit well is Oakland .

    • aphillieated - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM


    • xdj511 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Moneyball! Overpaying aging superstars is the new market inefficiency!

      • 18thstreet - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        I realize he’s getting older (aren’t we all?), but I don’t see any signs of decline here:

        That’s a remarkably consistent player.

      • sportsdrenched - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        That’s what Jerry Dipoto said.

      • xdj511 - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        Well sure he’s consistant through age 31, but it’s widely accepted that the peak years of a baseball player are between 27-31. Cano might be able to keep up the pace for another couple of years, but eventually he will decline… or go the Bonds route and turn into a hulking freak of nature.

  7. cohnjusack - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Heard Mitch Williams(probably, I might be remembering wrong) on MLB tonight claim that he should get Pujols money because his numbers in his FA year were so similar to Albert’s.

    Uhhh, okay Mitch. Let’s ignore that 1). That Pujols deal is universally accepted as awful and 2). Pujols career WAR was 81.1 compared to Cano’s 45.2. Pujols was a much, much better player to that point in their careers.

  8. brent05cards - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Hahahaha! have fun with Latrell Spreewell this off-season!

    • uwsptke - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Hey man, his kids gotta eat!

  9. NYTolstoy - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    this is beyond laughable. how does he think he is worth more then albert pujols or what a rod got while he was still great. Both had 3 MVPs and Albert pujols was the whole of that franchise. Cano has been complained about by many for his lack of hussle. luckily his arm has been strong enough to make such plays. though in 3 or 4 years he won’t have that range and most likely won’t try as much once he has his 300 mil in the bag. (Ofcourse that is just my opinion on his efforts he might go all out) . I’m a Yankee fan but I rather him walk, and sign an ofante and Mccan. It Will be cheaper and us fans won’t have to go through another A rod insanity plea.

  10. aphillieated - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Where we gonna eat, Cano?

  11. xdj511 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I require… a shrubbery.

  12. phillysports1 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Nah I don’t think his numbers will drop after any deal he signs . He’ll still be a consistent for the next 6-7 years .

    • djpostl - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Doubt it. GO look at the baseball-reference pages for Joe Morgan, Ryne Sandberg, Robbie Alomar etc.. all HoF 2B and everyone saw massive declines around age 32/33.

      For whatever reason even the BEST second basemen have not even come remotely close to agin well.

      • 18thstreet - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Interesting. I didn’t realize this.

        Does anyone think that Cano could move to third base as he ages? Left field? Just throwing it out there.

  13. joestemme - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Cano can want all he wishes, unless he or his agents can drum up interest from ANY other team than the Yanks to pay him even $200M, the Yankees have the negotiating advantage.

  14. johnnysoda - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    He’s still dreaming, I see.

    I mean, A-Rod got “only” $275 million after getting three MVPs in five years, and that’s now considered a bad deal. How the hell can Robbie expect more money when he’s not nearly as accomplished?

  15. 18thstreet - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I don’t know what the truth is, but I suspect that the unreasonable salary number is — as Craig suggests — being floated by the Yankees in an effort to make Cano look unreasonable and to scare off other teams.

    There’s a few alternative scenarios here — that the number is coming from Cano and his people in an effort to get nearly that much — but they don’t seem as likely to me. Heck, I don’t know. But — until I hear it with a source attached — I’ll continue to be skeptical that it’s Cano making these private demands public. I just don’t believe it.

    My prediction: six years, $130 million. Paid by the Orioles, Nationals, Braves, or Yankees.

    • djpostl - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      He won’t get anywhere near 310M (unless the Angels or Dodgers lose their minds, which is always a possibility) but he’ll get plenty more than 130M.

      • 18thstreet - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Dodgers already have a second baseman in Alex Guerrero, right? I mean, the MAIN thing preventing Cano from getting an enormous contract is that the big payroll teams, other than the Yankees, already have a second baseman.

        The Angels have already committed to spending pretty much the same amount in 2014 as 2013 — no money is coming off their books.

        Cano’s best case was for the Dodgers and Yankees to get into a bidding war. Now, the Yankees are probably bidding against (I’m repeating myself) BAL, WAS, and ATL, which is very different than getting into a bidding war with Boston and the Phillies and the Dodgers.

        Of course, I’ll wind up being proven wrong and he’ll sign for 4 years with Oakland for $200 million. (SARCASM!) (Except for the part about me being proven wrong eventually.)

      • djpostl - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Yeah but the Dodgers also already had Crawford, Ethier and Kemp under big deals when they went after Puig. One cannot rule out them being dumber than a bag of dirt.

  16. Francisco (FC) - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    He forgot to say: “I have a family to feed! Cough up some money.”

  17. djpostl - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I don’t know what’s more amusing/delusional, this or all the people calling up today asking if we have any PS4’s in stock.

  18. pbconnection782 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    In my lifetime, I have never seen a player better embody the best of both worlds – great bat and great glove at a premium position. After a hard-knock life growing up in Newark and the DR, Cano is poised to watch the throne at second base until kingdom come. The blueprint for Cano’s career has him on a collision course for a mega-dollar contract – the Magna Carta (Holy Grail, if you prefer) of MLB contracts. Stodgy sportswriters may try to cast reasonable doubt on Cano’s on-field efforts, even label him an “American gangster” for his monetary demands; however, there’s no doubt that the team that signs Cano will have begun building the dynasty of championship-level squads. Sure, it’s unfinished business right now, but we can see what’s happening for Robbie as he’s now involved in the life and times of Shawn Carter: burgeoning superagent.

    • 18thstreet - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      You’ve never seen Mike Trout? Evan Longoria? Yadi Molina? Carlos Gomez? Dustin Pedroia?

      How old are you?

    • anxovies - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:49 PM


    • drewzducks - Nov 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Who knew that Jay Z himself posted on this site. Don’t you have a Nets game to attend ?

    • louhudson23 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:27 AM

      You haven’t seen much. Cano is a fine player of exceptional ability….nice numbers and all,but he is not going to be a great player at 34-40 years old. He barely runs now,and his freaky arm can only last so long, although his disdain of hitting the ground may extend him a year or two past other ,more enthusiastic 2b….hard to predict the future and always exceptions,but ten years is ten years and 31 today is 32 next year……

  19. The Dangerous Mabry - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    If he really wants 10 years and $310 million, he should just wait 6 or 7 years, and then give Ruben Amaro a call.

    • xdj511 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Oh Rube… he’ll sign him for 10 years $310 million now… then give him an even bigger raise 8 years until the deal.

  20. phillysports1 - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    “Interesting. I didn’t realize this.

    Does anyone think that Cano could move to third base as he ages? Left field? Just throwing it out there.”

    I can see it happening . Juan Uribe did it , Michael young, Placido Polanco.

  21. km9000 - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    He’s here to kick financial ass and chew bubble gum, and he’s all out of– wait, he’s still got bubble gum.

  22. tcostant - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    This is old news – saw in September. No report if he’ll run hard to 1B on a ball put in play for $310M

  23. chaseutley - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    “In a shocking move, the Miami Marlins just inked Cano to a 10-year, $200-million contract. The key to the deal (and Cano backing down from his original asking price) was a clause in the contract that awards the second a new pony and all of the ice cream he can eat for life if he is ever traded.”

  24. Griffinatemylunch - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    You don’t pay someone who isn’t a leader that kind of money! Honestly no player deserve that much but especially a guy who hasn’t been a leader to his own team.

  25. phillysports1 - Nov 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Dickhead , You asked if cano would move to 3rd base as he ages . I said sure he can , if uribe did it , placido did it and michael young did it why wouldn’t cano do it as he ages . Scumbag lol

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