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Robinson Cano says he never asked for $300 million

Nov 30, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

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We’ve heard for a while that Robinson Cano hoped to land a 10-year, $310 million contract from the Yankees. It doesn’t matter much now, since it never had much of a chance of becoming a reality, but Cano told Dominican website El Dia that he never asked for the much-talked about $300 million deal.

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has the translated quotes:

“I’ve never asked anybody for $300 million,” the free agent second baseman told the Dominican website El Dia on Thursday, during a ceremony to honor the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic Championship earlier this year.

Cano went on to say in Spanish that “nobody has ever heard that come out of my mouth ($300 million) and you’re never going to hear it.”

As Martino writes in the story, chances are Cano is getting by on a technicality here. He may have never asked for $300 million directly, but from all accounts, that was the request from his representatives earlier this year. There have been some conflicting reports about how long they held firm on that number, but it seems they were more realistic during a meeting with the Yankees earlier this week. Still, the gap between the two sides is said to be “very substantial.” While the two sides are expected to meet again on Monday, we might be waiting a while for resolution with this one.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    There is little doubt that his agents asked for $300+ million. Otherwise, they would have denied the story when it came out.

    • dcfan4life - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      He wanted almost $100 million more than what the Yankees were ready to pay him, and now he knows thats not gonna happen, so hes hoping he still gets $250, which personally i think is still way to high for his age and the actual benefits he brings to the team. Not saying hes a great player, but thats just a waste of money.

      • 18thstreet - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Nah, a waste of money isn’t when you pay too much. It’s when you pay for nothing. $14 million to Ryan Dempster is a waste of money. $25 million to Robinson Cano is an overpay, not a waste. The Yankees aren’t so good at find bargain players, so any savings in getting an inferior (but still pretty good) player, like Infante, isn’t really going to help the Yankees. They’d spend that savings on Kevin Youkilis or something.

      • thevauntedchris - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Yanks aren’t so good at finding bargains? It’s tough for their high paid players to be bargains at their salaries, but Cashman has been pretty amazing at getting value for his bench players and fill-guys.

        Bargains should be defined as on-field value vs what they are paying. Even 12 million dollar players can be bargains all day if their value exceeds that number. Swisher was a bargain at his price most of the time. Granderson definitely. Gardner is a bargain. Robertson is a bargain. Soriano was a bargain this half year. Not confident about next year though. Ichiro was a bargain until ownership needed to re-sign his corpse for 2 more years. Chavez, the first year of Andrew Jones, Nova, Kuroda, Pettitte, Ibanez. I could keep digging. But that statement is ignorant. Their team isn’t just made up of injured, overpaid SS’s and 3rd basemen.

        What the yankees have been terrible at, or just refuse to do, is re-signing their players to better value deals before they hit free agency. If they continue this trend, they will stay in the middle of the pack.

  2. pisano - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Good thinking Robbie, because you won’t be getting anywhere near that figure.No matter what he’s asking, if the Yankees sign an Omar Infante or some other reliable player that plays second base, just watch his price come down.

    • biasedhomer - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Yep, if the Yankees are out of the running, Cano loses a good deal of leverage.
      Boston doesn’t need him.
      Dodgers just signed a Cuban player.
      Angels have Kendrick, and probably don’t want to go after another 30+ year old big name after the Hamilton and Pujols outcomes.
      The Cubs, under GM Theo, look like they are trying to build from within.
      Nationals have a promising player in Rendon.
      Philles resigned Utley.
      Texas traded away Kinsler because they had Profar in the wings.
      Tigers have Kinsler.

      That pretty much leaves the Mets, Orioles, Mariners, maybe the White Sox, as the teams that could use (and afford) Cano.

      • djpostl - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Only takes one idiot to join the fray.

        The Dodgers had 400M tied up in Kemp, Ethier & Crawford but still shelled out for Puig so never underestimate their ability to shove their head up their ass.

        The Angels seem like they’d do the same. I could easily see them feeling like they need to compete with the Dodgers in “star power” and moving Kendrick as part of a package for an arm after they overpay Cano to get him there.

      • dakotaandotter - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        you’re right and those other teams will not even offer as much as $150M except maybe the Ms.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Pisano my friend. What the Yankees should do is sign Infante the going price for him is going to be about $8 or $9MM per on a 3 year deal. Then as you said watch Cano’s price drop dramatically the Yankees can re-sign Cano and move Infante to 3rd base which he has played in the past when ARod gets suspended. It’s a woin, win for the Yankees.

      • anxovies - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        I was thinking about them doing something like that also.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        “woin” is an interesting word. I assume that it is pronounced with a Bronx accent.

      • 18thstreet - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        If the Yankees sign Infante (and drop interest in Cano), then there’s about 8 teams that would be THRILLED to get Cano for four years, $80 million or one year, $25 million.

        So I think Cano lands on the Yankees for a pile of money.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        18thstreet you really need to get off the 4 year/$80MM kick. That ain’t gonna happen under any circumstances. Regardless of who the Yankees sign be it Infante or some other player not named Cano, if Cano ever wakes up from that dream of his and the price settles in at 6 or 7 years $20MM per +/- the Yankees will re-sign him no ifs ands or buts.

      • pisano - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        My friend, I couldn’t agree with you more. One way or the other Infante is the guy to get. Signing him also brings Cano down from the clouds and to reality.

      • djpostl - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        “four years, $80 million or one year, $25 million.”

        Yeah, like either one of those scenarios is going to happen.

        The Yanks would use Infante at 3B and happily pay either one of those deals out, though it’ll never come to that.

        He’s going to get 180M-ish, maybe more if some random team known for making bad decisions (Angels, Dodgers, Rangers, Tigers) jumps in to the discussion.

      • dodgers1k88 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        @djpostl- Yasiel Puig was signed before Carl Crawford was traded for. Carl Crawford was only claimed off waivers because the Dodgers wanted Adrian Gonzalez. Puig was also not expected to make the major league team for a couple years. Had Kemp not had injuries issues, something he had none of from 2008 through the about August 2012, then they wouldn’t have an abundance of outfielders.

    • mmeyer3387 - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      I agree, Infante would truly affect his value.

  3. Glenn - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    I didn’t do it, my agent did … (back pedal, back pedal …)

    • dakotaandotter - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      except he’s not even blaming his agent at this point.

  4. nysdfan - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Unlike Jeter and a few others, no one pays to see Cano play. He’s not a leader and shows know enthusiasm. Maybe its better to use the $$$ to fill many other holes on this flawed team.

    • tigertigerwoodsyall - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Hater

    • 18thstreet - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Yeah, like they’d need a second baseman. And a best hitter. And best fielder.

      Maybe they could sign David Eckstein. He hustles like crazy.

      • djpostl - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        “bets fielder” lol

        Mark Teixeira, Brendan Ryan and Brett Gardner say “hi there fella”.

      • 18thstreet - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Ryan’s a backup, Teixeira’s hurt. I’ll give you Gardiner.

  5. buffalo65 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Good player but when you break it down without the name, 320 hitter, 20-25 homers, 90-100 RBIs. Average D, not a guy you want to mortgage the future of your franchise for. Good player but a decent 2b and a power hitting OF can fill the holes for under 30 million per.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      He’s not just a “good player”, he’s been the best second basemen in baseball once Utley started getting injured. He also won’t get $30M/year, so you won’t find a decent 2b/power OF for cheaper than Cano will cost. Are you going to replace a 141 OPS+ hitting 2b over the last 4 years with a league average 2b in Infante and think you can make up that difference in the OF?

      • paperlions - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        All of that is true, though, really, he has barely been better than Pedroia when you include defense. The problem is that he is also 31 and unlikely to continue to be the player he has been. He might have a more gradual decline or extended peak, which is the main difference between most HOF players and non-HOF good players, but he is going to be paid like he’s going to have a HOF trajectory rather than a normal one. Even if he performs to his career average for the first 1/2 of the deal, which seems unlikely, he’s going to be paid like he’ll be that player forever. Really, that is the problem with any long-term deal to players in their 30s.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        All of that is true, though, really, he has barely been better than Pedroia when you include defense.

        Yes, but Cano has been better (and I think Pedroia’s defense is a bit overrated compared to Cano’s thats underrated, but I digress; last four years of rWAR is 29.8 Cano vs 22.5 Pedroia). Also does anyone not think Pedroia would get $20M+ if he were on the FA market right now? The fact he signed a below market deal with two years remaining on his current contract shouldn’t have any bearing on what Cano receives.

        Even if he performs to his career average for the first 1/2 of the deal, which seems unlikely, he’s going to be paid like he’ll be that player forever.

        Except he hasn’t even signed his deal yet, so how do we know he’ll be overpaid? If he signs a $25M/year deal for 8 years, and he continues at his current MVP pace for the first four, he’d have to be almost replacement level his last four for this deal to not be a boon for the Yanks (7.5 rWAR per year from ’10 to ’13).

      • paperlions - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Except, of course, that the only way that could be considered “worth it” is if FA was the only way for teams to acquire wins, when it is not. The average price of a win in FA is many things, but what it is not is a good way to evaluate contracts despite the continuing practice of doing so. The average price/win in FA is heavily weighted by horrible contracts, because those deals are the most expensive and longest, dragging the average cost up far more than good deals drag the cost down. All those types of comparisons allow one to say is whether or not a particular deal is better or worse than the average FA deal, none of which means that it is a “good” deal because so many FA contracts are really really really bad deals. Being the smartest person in a room full of dumb people is still not as good as being the dumbest person in a room full of smart people.

      • mikhelb - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        @PaperLions

        [quote]Except, of course, that the only way that could be considered “worth it” is if FA was the only way for teams to acquire wins, when it is not.[/quote]

        That’s true, for example the Rangers acquired Prince Fielder via trade, a 6.5 WAR player in two years for Detroit for $46 millions (they paid him a bit more than 7 millions per win) but if you add in the $30 extra millions he cost Detroit more than 11 millions per win ($76 millions/6.5 WAR in two years).

        The Rangers acquired for $138 millions for 7 years a player who has averaged 2.6 WAR per year, that is an average of $19.71 millions per year for a 2.6 WAR, or $7.58 millons per WAR.

        Eerily close to the cost of win in FA

        [quote]The average price of a win in FA is many things, but what it is not is a good way to evaluate contracts despite the continuing practice of doing so. [/quote]

        It is what it is: an indicator of what teams are willing to pay for wins.

        [quote]The average price/win in FA is heavily weighted by horrible contracts, because those deals are the most expensive and longest, dragging the average cost up far more than good deals drag the cost down.[/quote]

        That’s a fallacy, there are more short, “good” contracts than there are long, “bad” contracts.

        Lets take last year as an example.

        The average cost per win is calculated as $6 millions in free agency. The average contract given last year in 89 signings to a major league contract (not counting MiLB) was almost the same amount ($6.09 millions per year, per player).

        Lets “overpay” and see how many got contracts higher than the $14.1 millions of the qualifying offer: 5 players, and 84 players signed for the amount of a qualifying offer or less.

        Now, to meet the criteria of a bad contract being because of the longevity of said contract, I’ll remove all contracts of more than 3 years: we’re left with 80 contracts of less than the amount of the qualifying offer per year, and for 3 or less years.

        The average contract is… $4.9 millions per year.

        The effect of those “horrible contracts” was to increase by $1.109 millions the average.

        Hence your approximation is a fallacy.

        [quote]Being the smartest person in a room full of dumb people is still not as good as being the dumbest person in a room full of smart people.[/quote]

        But when you’re talking about averages, it is the same. Now, tell us how does it feel to be the dumbest folk in the crowd.

    • anxovies - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Actually, he’s a .309 hitter, and consistent, and hits with good power (20-30 HR 40+ doubles every year). Average D? You gotta stop smoking that stuff when you watch baseball, man. There’s nobody better at second.

      • mmeyer3387 - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        He may be the best all-around 2nd base player, his age dictates that he is only worth a 4 year deal, before he declines. Just look at the examples of age decline of A-Rod and Jetter, Additionally, are you now very comfortable with Tex’s long term contract? One more point, the signing of Infante would truly affect his value. That signing would cut 30 to 40 percent from his market value

  6. apkyletexas - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Detroit just finished paying $76 million for two years from a very average first baseman named Fielder, which breaks down to $38 million per year.

    By that math, Cano is asking for too little – he should ask for at least $380 million for 10 years.

    • dakotaandotter - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      fielder made $46M the past two seasons. that’s a $30M difference.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        And the Tigers paid $30 million AND took on a bad contract to make him go away.

  7. sidelineshot - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Common sense is taking hold for the Yankees.
    The Red Sox got lucky, because the Dodgers were are yet to learn.

    This dude Cano is not a big draw. Why break the bank for him anyway?

  8. phillysports1 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Average D ? Do you even watch him ply before judging his defense ? He’s one of the best defensive second basemen in the league !

    • paperlions - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      His career UZR/150 is -3.1. He has improved greatly since coming up, but he’s pretty much been the definition of average for 2B.

      • anxovies - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        No idea what UZR/150 is, but if it is saying he is average you ought to switch to actually watching a game now and then.

      • paperlions - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Uh huh.

        First, during the season I usually watch multiple games each night, many of which are Yankee games because where I live we get YES. If you want to use the “eye ball test” for defense, fine, then you should watch 150 games/year of ever team so you have even sample sizes and a legitimate basis for comparison.

        Second, UZR/150 is a defensive metric that is based on real people watching video of every single play from every single game in order to measure defense in a standard fashion. It is scaled so that 0 = average.

        Third, every baseball fan that is more into advanced baseball metrics than you are probably watches more baseball than you do. The reason they get into such things is because of their love of baseball, and their desire to better understand and appreciate baseball leads to them reading a lot about baseball in addition to watching it, not instead of watching it. The nerd in the basement that you envision doesn’t exist…just a bunch of people that love baseball and aren’t afraid to learn new things.

      • clydeserra - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        As paper says, please retire the ‘get out of your basement’ stuff. we watch more baseball than you.

      • drewzducks - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Have to agree 100%. His superiority as an offensive player plus playing in NYC has clearly inflated his defensive ability. His Gold Glove in 2010 was an embarrassment. Only reason he won with a barely average -0.7 UZR/150 was that Pedroia 8.7 UZR/150 only played 75 games due to injury (though that didn’t seem to hinder Raffy P). As you mentioned, his career below average UZR/150 is not even in the same league as Pedroia’s 10.0 or Brandon Phillip’s career 8.4.

      • anxovies - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:32 AM

        paperlions: “then you should watch 150 games/year of ever (sic) team…” You watch 1200 games a year? That’s an impressive 3600+ hours of baseball per year, or well over 150 days in total. Where do you find the time to compute the UZR/150 of all of those players? Do you actually watch the players or just sit there with a calculator punching in numbers? Do you drink heavily before you write this silly crap? What are your other hobbies?

      • paperlions - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Are you stupid on purpose? Or does it just come naturally?

        Obviously, at least, to the non-stupid. The reason having defensive metrics based on video review of every play is far better than the “eye ball test” is that it allows standardization and includes more data because fans can’t possibly watch that much baseball….and many, like you, wouldn’t recognize good or bad defense when they see it.

    • coyoteidea - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      When was the last time you saw him layout for a ball? He’s great when it is hit within a few steps, but as everyone who HAS watched him knows, he rarely if ever puts in the extra effort to get to the hard to reach ball. Hustle is not in his vocabulary. He thrives on making the routine play look easy. Can he hit? Absolutely! Defense? Ordinary! Watch the game with an unbiased eye. As a former coach, I watch all teams with no particular rooting interest and usually do so without the sound on so I can appreciate or lament the play for what it is without announcer hyperbole!

      • anxovies - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Well, Coach Coyote, you must have been watching him play in some alternate dimension than the one I live in. I have watched pretty much every game he has played and I have seen him get to balls that nobody else was going to nab–and make it look easy. Try contact lenses.

  9. anxovies - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Cano is a much better player than Pedroia day-to-day, he doesn’t get hurt like Pedroia, he doesn’t make foolish errors like Pedroia, and he hits the ball a lot harder and more consistently. He might be a player who actually will be worth the money in his late 30s. His athleticism is pretty smooth and effortless, like his batting style, and he is less likely to pull a muscle or have back problems than a lot of other players–especially running out ground balls :-).

  10. DJ MC - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    To be fair, he may not have asked for $300 million. It isn’t his fault if people who hear the official number round up…slightly.

    • 18thstreet - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      It’s also not his fault that the Yankees front office is spreading lies about how unreasonable he’s being in negotiations, in order to drive away other bidders.

  11. coyoteidea - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Since you brought up Pedroia when no one else had made any player comparisons, it is obvious you are a Yankee homer who can’t distance yourself from Red Sox bashing. That’s fine. To be expected. Still doesn’t change the argument that Cano could be one of the best IF he would push his “athleticism” to the next level. It’s easy to seem “effortless” when you only make the plays you know you can make. I have seen hundreds of Yankee games, and I have rarely seen him make that effort to get to a ball that he might not get. Never said he wasn’t good, but he is not, and will not be “great” until he wants to be! It’s like watching a Lamborghini go 50 mph when you know it can do so much more. Still looks fast even when its parked!

    Have a great day! I know I can’t change your mind, but aficionados of the game (not teams), will understand.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Why should someone make an effort at a ball they know they can’t get? Because it makes them seem like they are trying? For the 100th time, maybe the reason he plays in almost every single game every year is because he doesn’t do something that can hurt himself for the sake of the “aficionados”?

    • bigharold - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      “… doesn’t change the argument that Cano could be one of the best IF he would push his “athleticism” to the next level.”

      Cano IS one of the best 2B today. He has good range, a great arm and in general sure hands. Complaining that he needs to take his athleticism to the next level is a specious argument and a variation on his supposed lack of hustle. If you watch as many Yankee games as you say you surely have seen him go far to his right and seemingly effortlessly throw runners out. While he does miss plays he should make occasionally he never gives up on a play. Saying that he doesn’t display the appropriate amount of athleticism makes about as much sense as complaining that Pedroia does too much diving and flinging himself around. Cano doesn’t drive because basically that’s not his game, .. that’s not how he has been successful, .. or basically he doesn’t have to. While, on the other hand, Pedroia does because that is his game because what he lacks in physical skills he makes for with effort, … or conversely to Cano, he has too. But, the down side is Pedroia gets hurt more too, .. a trend that will likely continue and increase as he gets older. Don’t for a minute think that wasn’t part of his strategy when he chose to sign an extension now rather than wait until he reached free agency. And, that’s not a knock on Pedroia, .. I love that guy’s play.

      If I were picking a 2B for a team, based I take Cano over Pedroia based on physical ability. If one calculated in leadership, it’d be a lot closer but I’d still take Cano. That doesn’t mean I think that Cano is worth anywhere near what it‘s been reported he’s asking for. That doesn’t change the fact that Cano’s problem is more perception than reality. He’s a very good defensive 2B and exceptional from an offensive standpoint. Suggesting that he should just try harder might well be fashionable but there is no evidence to back it up. And, while defensive matrics will show the results of his efforts it can’t in any way measure his desire.

      Man, I can’t imagine the crap DiMaggio would’ve taken today’s era. In his day he was lauded for his smooth graceful defense. Today he’d just be some lazy disinterested over paid elitist not displaying the requisite athleticism for the blogistphere.

  12. pftfan - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Robbie Cano is right. He never asked for $300M. He asked for $310M.

    • indaburg - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      He actually asked for 13,136,250,000.00 Dominican pesos.

  13. andyreidisfat - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I think a good deal for cano (per his value going forward, don’t give a crap about money ball stats from the past that do not win World Series ) is a 5 year deal for 125. Personally I don’t think any player is even worth that money but it seems to be a going rate. The problem with cano is that since 2010 when he really becAme the best player on that team the Yankees have done nothing.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      In the four years you are citing, the Yanks have been to the ALCS twice and ALDS the third time, missing the playoffs this year. How is that doing nothing? How many other teams, out of the remaining 29, have even done that well?

  14. blynch67 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I like that idea of signing Omar Infante. If Robbie then gets realistic, we can have a 2nd and 3rd baseman. We’re going to need a 3rd baseman because A-Rois is going to be toast. And if Robbie doesn’t get realistic we still have a decent 2nd baseman.

    5 years x $20 million for Robbie.

  15. pastabelly - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Not sure how Pedroia got brought up here. He did win the Gold Glove at second over Cano, had a higher defensive WAR, UZR, and made less errors. Pedroia was also playing hurt in 2013, which hurt his power. With three Gold Gloves, an MVP, and two WS championships, he’s not too far behind Cano.

  16. pisano - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Three things that separate them, Cano has the power at bat, Cano has a much better throwing arm, and Cano is a much smoother fielder, that being said, I do give Pedroia the one big prop over Cano, hustle, no doubt about it.

    • 18thstreet - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Better throwing arm? I’m not being sarcastic, but when comparing second basemen, how can you tell?

  17. dakotaandotter - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    when the Yankees bid against themselves for A-Rod at least he was arguably the best player in the league and not under the suspicion he is now of taking steroids while looking like he had a great chance of breaking the all time HR record. Cano is a very good player but definitely has never been of the pedigree of an A-Rod or Pujols. Plus, the fact that he is already a Yankee getting him signed doesn’t put more fannies in the seats. the Pujols signing was a big deal in southern Cali. when you factor in how that Pujols contract is looking right now Cano should be thrilled if he is offered as much as seven years and $160M.

    • mikhelb - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      You’ve gotta remember that “suspicion” was created by a blogger who tought it would be fun to speculate.

      “the fact that he is already a Yankee getting him signed doesn’t put more fannies in the seats”

      It doesn’t work like that in a city where regularly you’ll see the team at 2 millions in attendance, but if they have a player and don’t re-sign him it could affect the amount of people who will NOT go.

      As an example of that: this year with no Jeter, no Teixeira, no Granderson, and no ARod for most of the year, the Yanks had a decrease int he amount of people that go to games.

      • gymtruthteller - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Bandwagon fans

  18. 461deep - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Robbie is a better than average fielder but not great due to limited range. Arm and throwing accuracy terrific. Wonderful hitter and okay base runner. Durable but dare to say partly due to not running hard often, sliding, stealing bases or diving for ground balls beyond him. Just beginning to take more of a leadership role. Give him 22 M a year for 5-6 years. Pedroia is 3-4 inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter so favorable comparisons to Cano are a measure of his getting the most from his attributes. Makes me laugh when some belittle Dustin when comparing him to Robbie who is far more physically blessed.

  19. mantleneedsawhiskey - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    This guy is aroid 2.0 I really hope Cashman doesn’t make this mistake twice. I would love for the Brandon Phillips trade to come to fruition and let Cano go rob someone else.
    2014 off season wish list
    1- Re-sign Granderson
    2- Let Cano walk and trade for Brandon Phillips
    3- Sign Brian McCann- YaY!
    4- Sign Johan Santana

    • blynch67 - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Sign johan santana? “Two Shoulder Surgeries Santana”? The one that the Muts paid $25 Million per year for two seasons on the disabled list? That one?

  20. gymtruthteller - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Your agent asked for the money and you sent him to do that so stop lying. You are guilty by association.

  21. lurker - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Yankees need some god damn Pitchers!

    Sign Ubaldo Jiménez!

  22. jimeejohnson - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I asked for $300 million and the next thing I knew I was wearing a strait jacket.

  23. peter1820 - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    the yankees are a mess lol. they seem to love to sign guys over 30 to long term deals and where are they? Their infield right now has teixera …i guess kelly johnson they may sign….granted jeter at 40…no disrespect his spot in cooperstown is deservedly waiting but he’s done and eduardo nunez? McCann is a nice upgrade behind the plate but aging as well with his best years behind him. Ellsbury will certainly help this year, but unless he can pitch i don’t see how the yankees are going to compete. CC is no longer a reliable power arm…he’s lost some zip off the fastball. Maybe they resign Kuroda. Michael Pineda? Phil Hughes? some one not named mariano closing? i don’t see it

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