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Robinson Cano’s reps met Tuesday with Yankees

Nov 26, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT

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Robinson Cano wants a 10-year, $310 million contract and the Yankees offered the free agent second baseman a seven-year, $160 million deal. Closing that gap is going to require a whole lot of dialogue. Which, it seems, has already begun.

According to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, Cano’s representatives met on Tuesday afternoon with Yankees officials and the two sides are scheduled to speak again on Wednesday.

The Dodgers seemed like a potential free agent fit for Cano a few months ago — mostly because of the big budget — but they signed Cuban second baseman Alexander Guerrero to a four-year, $32 million deal last month. There aren’t many other teams out there with the ability (or maybe it’s just willingness) to meet Cano’s lofty demands. He seems destined to land back with New York when all is said and done.

Cano, 31, is a .309/.355/.504 hitter with 204 homers and 822 RBI in 1,374 big league games.

  1. aphillieated - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Cano looks like one of my friends. I just realized that lol

    • km9000 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      Apparently your friend isn’t very popular here.

    • deadniqqerstorage - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      A Gay Friend?

  2. seahawks80 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    I am a Yankee and a Cano fan but I would let him walk before giving any player 10 years or 30m a year.

  3. slaugin - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Cano is good and all but any thing over 6 years 20 mil is wayyy too much

  4. cackalackyank - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    I would like to see Cano remain a Yankee, but in no way should he get what he is asking for. At best he should get 7/175. Maybe even put in some mutual or vesting options. Just can’t pay another guy until he is almost 42.

  5. nbjays - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Nice to see him getting a start on the beard he’ll be allowed to grow when some other team signs him.

    • yournuts - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      No team will pay 31 Million over ten years. Sorry Charlie. Cano is good for 7 years tops.

  6. yanmontreal - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    165 millions 7 years

    • jcmeyer10 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Lol, I can’t believe how reasonable that sounds but after hearing the 300 million number thrown around.

  7. bouwel92 - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    As much as I love baseball and football, I just caint justify paying someone millions of dollars to play a game.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      The NFL pulled in something like $9.5B last year and MLB just under $8B. After taking out taxes and overhead, where should that money go? To the owners?

      • southofheaven81 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:53 AM

        Goddamn right. These guys generate billions of dollars in revenue, end of story. Never seen anyone wearing a jersey with ‘STEINBRENNER’ on the back.

      • stoutfiles - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        How about back to the taxpayers who are helping to pay for the stadiums?

      • deathmonkey41 - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        “Never seen anyone wearing a jersey with ‘STEINBRENNER’ on the back.”

        Then apparently you’ve never been to the Yankees Family Picnic and Softball game.

  8. yousuxxors - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    David wrights contract … maybe a little more

  9. spacemaker101 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Why is he even demanding that much what a Yankee douche

    • ezthinking - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Crazy how the ‘report’ came from a reporter and has never been seen/heard to come out of the mouth of Cano or his reps.

      Has it really been said by them to drive up his value? Is it the Yanks trying to drive away interest? Something else? Made up? Who knows?

      But it’s pretty easy to vilify a person because, well, just because.

      • sbmcintosh36 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        I’m 100% in agreement with you, this 300 million “demand” was from a writer and they never make anything up….

      • cackalackyank - Nov 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        You can bet that if the Yankees had created the 10/310 number as a lie to deter other clubs interest and under mine the market for Cano someone would be SHREIKING about it by now. Be it someone in Cano’s camp or a rival GM with “knowledge of the current ask”, it would be getting serious scrutiny. Since no one has jumped up to say “that’s not his number”….. I think its probably his number.

    • dan1111 - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      This is nothing more than a basic negotiating tactic. You start out by asking for much more than you are going to get. Everyone knows that he is not going to get that, himself included.

  10. Glenn - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    I’m a teacher and Cano reminds me of one of those students who is as smart as anyone but doesn’t work hard, has a B at the end of the semester, and then wants to know why he doesn’t get an A+. There’s no extra credit, Cano. What have you done to deserve A+ money?

    • Kevin S. - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      Be one of the best players in baseball over the past four years?

      http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=y&type=8&season=2013&month=0&season1=2010&ind=0&team=&rost=&age=&filter=&players=

    • tigertigerwoodsyall - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Obviously there have been a few cases where cano didn’t hustle, there’s not really a debate on that. However, I think a lot of his criticism comes from him being such a naturally gifted player. His movements on difficult plays seem effortless and can look like a lack of hustle. There are 2nd basemen out there who make the same plays that he makes, but he makes it look easier. His natural ability works against him by making it look like he isn’t hustling. There are plays where it looks like he just flicks his arm and it’s a frozen rope. The same goes for his fielding…he just glides to the ball sometimes and he makes an in unplayable ball look easy.

      • mazblast - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:41 AM

        Cano is very fluid, which makes tough plays look routine sometimes. He doesn’t try to make routine plays look tough, like Brandon Phillips (to name another 2B) or Captain Intangibles (on the rare occasions when Jeter gets to the ball). There’s no fake hustle with him.

        On the other hand, he does dog it on occasion on ground balls he hits.

        Overall, if there is a second baseman who deserves A+ money, it’s Cano.

      • tigertigerwoodsyall - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:42 AM

        Mazblast (tough name to get by he autocorrect police) – I agree 100%.

    • southofheaven81 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:55 AM

      He lacks grit n’ guts n’ gobblegook. He’ll never be a Diamondback, that’s for sure.

      • 18thstreet - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        For a guy who occasionally doesn’t run out a routine grounder, he sure seems to get to first base a lot anyway. Maybe hustle isn’t what distinguishes the bad players from the good players. Naah. He’s a bum.

    • dan1111 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      The season is long. The guy who sacrifices his body to make a play at every opportunity is likely hurting the team more than the guy who occasionally jogs down the line. But that doesn’t match our perception.

  11. andreweac - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    We all know the Angels are going to trade Kendrick for Jeff Mathis and sign Cano to a 10 year, $249 million deal, right?

  12. southofheaven81 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Nothing pisses people off more than talented people expecting to get paid what they’re worth (see also: James, LeBron). We expect athletes to perform these amazing feats & then be super humble & not go after every penny. This is one man’s chance to secure a legacy for his entire family, I say go out there & get every penny that you can.

  13. henryjones20 - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    I kinda hope he gets 400million just so certain ppls craniums explode in rage.

  14. seahawks80 - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    I’m a Yankee fan but I wish baseball had a salary cap. These contracts are ridiculous, there is no way any one player needs, deserves or should get 30m per year. If he won’t budge I hope they let him walk and he ends up in Houston, never sniff the post-season again.

    • dan1111 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      All a salary cap does is divert that money to the owners. Why do they deserve it more than the players?

      • sbmcintosh36 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        Because they put up the money to buy the franchise and bear all the costs of running it,players are employees like every other business .
        Everyone screams the owners make too much money and it’s ridiculous the players alone take nearly 60% of revenue off the top you still have the franchise payment ,stadium maintenance,100’s of employees working at stadiums,scouts etc etc ,sports franchises for the most part don’t make a ton of profit it’s a status thing for the rich.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Actually, MLB players get a much smaller portion of revenues than NBA and (especially) NFL players do. Last time I read it was somewhere around 45%. MLB owners want a salary cap if they can get it around $100 million, but a commiserate salary cap with the other sports leagues would more likely place it around $150 million with a $120 million floor.

    • sbmcintosh36 - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Mr Steinbrenner brought a salary cap to the table and the owners laughed,I love how everyone blames the Yankees for the contract problems yet he was the one who tried to control it….of course the real reason was he was tired of teams like the Marlins,Twins and Pirates etc pocketing his money but whatever his motive was he brought it to the table and was turned away

      • deathmonkey41 - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        If you put a ceiling in, you should also put in a floor. You shouldn’t let guys like Loria pocket all that money and spend none on the team. My main argument against a salary cap is that like in football, I believe it brings mediocrity rather than parity.

  15. jpat2424 - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    This guy is out of his frickin mind

  16. deadniqqerstorage - Nov 28, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    To The Yankees Brian Cashman & The Nazi Steinbrenners Do Not Sign Robinson Cano For Any More Then He Was Already Offered… Don’t Make The Same Mistake Thatcha Made with A-Roid… 160 Million For 7 Years Is Plenty… Take It Or Leave It!… Phuck Roc Nation & Jay-Z… Let Them walk!…

  17. uzm2000 - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Giving any batters a long term till later 30’s is a risky move, we all know that. Pitchers can lose velocity and still thrive in this league with more experience as many pitchers do. But batters’ aging really show painfully…

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