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Robinson Cano’s dad says the Yankees “don’t seem to want” his son

Dec 5, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

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Last we heard, free agent second baseman Robinson Cano was reportedly on a private plane to Seattle to meet with the Mariners, who are prepared to offer him $225 million over the course of a nine-year contract. Meanwhile, the Yankees have been pretty firm about how high they are willing to go in negotiations. And as of now, it’s nowhere near $225 million.

According to Christian Red and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Cano’s father takes this rigid stance as a sign that the Yankees don’t want his son back.

The Yankees insist they want Robinson Cano to remain part of their pinstriped family. The patriarch of Cano’s actual family isn’t convinced that’s the case.

“The Yankees don’t seem to want him,” Jose Cano told the Daily News when asked about his son’s status with the Yankees.

The Yankees want him back, but the Mariners appear to be doing everything in their power to pry the All-Star second baseman away from New York.

Multiple reports Thursday night indicated the Mariners were readying a nine-year offer worth $225 million for Cano, who was on a plane headed for Seattle to meet with club officials.

A $225 million offer would dwarf the Yankees’ current seven-year offer of $165-170 million, leaving the Mariners more than $50 million ahead of the Bombers.

There are high stakes involved here and a lot of emotions at play, so we probably shouldn’t look into Cano’s comments too much. He’s talking about his son, after all. But this is a business and every team needs to draw a line somewhere. At the same time, you can’t blame Cano if he ends up signing for the most money possible, even it’s in Seattle. On a related note, you always have to wonder where these leaks about contract proposals come from and who would stand to benefit from them being reported. Just something to keep in mind amid the Hot Stove hysteria.

For what it’s worth, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman suggests that the Yankees could move on to Shin-Soo Choo and Omar Infante if Cano ends up choosing the Mariners.

UPDATE: Cano also spoke to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York and said that his son is looking for a 10-year deal while the Yankees have only offered seven. He also indicated that he was irked by Brian Cashman’s comment from the GM Meetings that Cano “loves” money:

“I don’t know why he said that,” Jose Cano said. “I don’t know exactly everything. Tell me, who doesn’t love money?”

Cashman’s comment aside, Cano maintains that his first hope is for his son to remain with the Yankees.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    What can you say Cano has to do what he has to do and the Yankees have to do what they have to do. If Cano’s dad is echoing his sons feelings maybe he should just move on be it Seattle or somewhere else.

    • Glenn - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      Grammar police? Or is this free form poetry? e.e.cummings suggests the latter ;-)

      • Glenn - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Buffalo Cano is now defunct.

      • riotpunch26 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:49 AM

        You are a tool.

    • jfk69 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      The Yankees will come in at 200 million for 8 years. If Cano wants Seattle at 239 for 9 years….ADIOS ROBBIE

      • jfk69 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        Also Robbie. In year 4 or 5. They will be looking to trade you.

      • jfk69 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:50 AM

        HEY ….What was the METS offer?????
        lol

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Cano’s father can say what he likes because Robbie is his son and this is America, if you don’t like it too bad!
      I don’t see why Cash has anymore right then Papa Cano.

  2. gmenfan1982 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Nice knowing ya Robbie. You were one of my current favorite Yankees. If you would rather have money over the chance of being one of the Yankee immortals with a plaque in monument park, so be it. There’s some things money can’t buy, it’s just unfortunate that not enough people have the integrity to make that choice.

    • tigers182 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      This is what makes the rest of America make fun of Yankee fans. You really think anyone would give up $300 million to get a stupid plaque in your stadium? No one but espn and Yankee fans care about your plaques of players that were bought throughout the years.

      • Jack Marshall - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:18 AM

        Go ahead—explain the qualitative life difference between having 100 million and 200 million. How does the latter make you happier? What can you buy worth buying with 200 mil that you can’t with 100 mil? “It’s for the kids”? Maybe if he’s a sea turtle and plans on having a thousand of them.

        Letting a third party determine where you are going to work and live because it Makes the top bid is idiotic. The size of the contracts allow the players the power and luxury of playing where they want, and they are too stupid to exercise it.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:15 AM

        Tigers182, with all due respect if you are going to make fun of Yankee fans even in a comment you should at least get the specifics of your comment right.

        No one is asking Cano to “give up $300 million”. Even if you believe the numbers reporters are throwing around about Seattle’s potential offer the difference between Seattle’s and the Yankees offer is LESS than $1MM per year over the first 7 years. Granted now Seattle’s offer if it is to be believed is expected to be for 2 additional years. Making the total difference between the potentially about $55MM. Now that certainly is not chump change but it’s hardly the $300MM your post makes reference to.

        Now really how much money does one man need? I’m guessing even $170MM is enough to support his current immediate family and extended family and the next 2 generations of Cano’s. Maybe baseball and certainly Yankee immorality might be more important then playing in relative obscurity in Seattle for the remainder of his career.

        That’s just my opinion.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        phuck the Tigers!

        you love the Yankees that is why you commented.
        you have to go get a dark blue Yankee fitted.

    • mtr75 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      Hmmmm, $50,000,000 or integrity, $50,000,000 or integrity. I’ll take $50,000,000.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:04 AM

      gmen,you are a DISGRACE to the pinstripes.
      happy holidays!

    • jm91rs - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Cano is a really good player, but I don’t see a scenario where he winds up on the same list as the Yankee “immortals” as you them. No one turns down $55 million dollars because wearing the pinstripes is so darn important to them. It’s a business, get real. $55 million dollars can impact a whole hell of a lot of lives, especially where Robbie comes from. And if you think Jay Z isn’t telling Robbie this is all about the money then you’re crazy. He’s got a lot riding on this contract, his new company can’t afford hometown discounts.

  3. raysfan1 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Free agents frequently equate quantity of money with love and respect.

    • bigharold - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Yeah and when I was in college I frequently equated the amount of beer I consumed at a party with how good the party was going.

      Like me in college Cano and the Mariners might get a hellacious hang over. While the Yankees might be better able manage an aging player with a huge contract it’s still not a good idea. For the Mariners it’s a terrible idea. Cano without the supporting cast he’s benefited from with the Yankees might well have a hard time replicating his recent production.

      • raysfan1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        And the Mariners’ ability to get the rest of the pieces they need to truly contend might be crippled.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      I like the idea that Cano is motivated by money, but every other free agent that the Yankees sign was motivated by the chance to play in pinstripes. It’s hilarious.

      Fun fact: Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann also love money. Just as much as Cano does.

      • sbmcintosh36 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        18th street you do know Ellsbury turned down a bigger and longer deal from Seattle, you know the part of the country he grew up,played college ball and currently lives ?
        It’s not always about the money they’ll get it somewhere but winning and money trumps all……..27

  4. baseballisboring - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Can’t blame them if they don’t. Cano’s a superstar, but let someone else pay funny money for his eventual decline. Yanks have enough aging players on monster contracts.

  5. alexo0 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Just like a jilted lover. Cano clearly wants to come back, but wants to do so on his terms and is getting frustrated that his power play isn’t working. Even if Cano gets $250 mil in Seattle, is it considered a failure that he was not able to land that same deal in NY or LA? You know that’s what everyone wanted.

    • mtr75 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Cano would be an all-time Yankee very good if he stayed, never an all-time Yankee great. To be a great you actually have to run to first base.

      • paperlions - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        Actually, you just have to be an all-time great, which through his peak seasons, he has not been. He has been very good so far….but it isn’t like he is a yearly MVP candidate. He’s been a serious MVP candidate once thus far in his career.

  6. gmenfan1982 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I know there’s a huge difference between 170 mil and 230 mil but in my eyes, 170 mil is plenty of cash especially with the chance of being an all time Yankee great. That extra 60 mil can’t buy that.

    • Glenn - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      After taxes (and NY taxes) and agent fees, its more like 20 million. That’s a lot of money but no difference to Cano’s lifestyle. Boy, I wish I had these problems.

      • jrobitaille23 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        not in Seattle where there is no State Income Tax

      • yournuts - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:42 AM

        Don’t forget about all the endorsements in New York that will disappear in Seattle. That might be worth 10 Million a year.

      • mtr75 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        @yournuts, what endorsements?

      • Glenn - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        I was talking federal taxes on the contract. Those don’t disappear in Washington.

  7. sjtorpitt - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Stfu, just because Cano isn’t getting the 300 mil he wants doesn’t mean the Yanks don’t want him. You’re hitting balls with sticks for 200 million, get real dumba$$.

  8. bigharold - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    ““The Yankees don’t seem to want him,”

    Not for $225 mil/9yrs, .. that’s for sure. And, if this report is true in a few years the Mariners will likely not want him for sure too

    “At the same time, you can’t blame Cano if he ends up signing for the most money possible, even it’s in Seattle.”

    Yeah, .. you can. I’m found of saying that what happens on the field is baseball and everything else is business. If he signs with Seattle because that’s the most money, well thanks for the memories and Hail And Farewell. But, if Cano signs with Seattle he’s likely relegating himself to baseball obscurity for the remainder of his career. In the last 20 years the Mariners have been a sub.500 team for 11 of those years, .. including the last four, .. the Yankees not once.

    I understand the Cano signing for the big money, .. It’s not like my feelings are hurt. I question the logic from from a career standpoint. He was the Yankees only threat for much of last season and had trouble hitting .300 without protection, .. welcome to your new normal Robbie but hey money talks. However, spare me the Yankee don’t seem to want him talk because $160-170/ 7 Yrs says they want him quite a bit. Just not enough to hand out another asinine contract.

    • cackalackyank - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Nailed it. Forget about any batting titles. Pretty sure he can forget about any rings. Enjoy the $ Robbie. Cano is not the best player in the Majors now. Do not see why he should get this much money. His contract along with Felix will cripple the M’s. See also the Texas Rangers after they signed A-rod.

      • mikhelb - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:35 AM

        Maybe they plan to trade Félix in exchange of a huge crop of prospects that “it will help the future of the M’s” (or whatever cr@p “small teams” say whenever they trade their biggest star).

      • 18thstreet - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:08 AM

        Pretty sure he can forget about rings playing for the sinking ship in the Bronx, too. What what scenario (after Cano is signed) do the Yankees have enough pitching — starters AND relievers! — to win a playoff series? And that even assumes they make the playoffs at all. David Robertson is going to be a great closer. But they have no one else, do they? Am I forgetting someone? And if Kuroda goes back to Japan (or signs elsewhere), the starting rotation is Sabathia, Nova, and pray for Pineda to come back, and pray for two weather events.

        Don’t worry — the Yankee farm system is full of players who, technically speaking, know how to play baseball. And the free agent class of 2014 is full of professional baseball players, as well.

        But, yeah, kiss the rings goodbye if you DON’T play for the Yankees. Sure thing.

  9. toodrunktotastethischicken - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    As a baseball fan I would love to see a player of his caliber stay with his team for his whole career. But realistically this seems like Albert Pujols all over again.

    • Jack Marshall - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      Dustin Pedroia.

  10. Old Gator - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    You can’t blame Cano for signing that deal. On the other hand, the Crew of the Minnow are on the verge of crippling their franchise for a decade. Seattle, meet the Texas Rangers and the idiotic deal they gave Alex Rodriguez.

  11. jrobitaille23 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Weird how of all the players the Yankees could throw money at, the one they choose not to, happens to be the only one who deserves it. He is home grown, the best at his position, a potential future HOF, but instead they would rather pay has beens like Tex and Arod big money. CC deserved his too. I’m sure Cano feels the same, like, how is it that I’m the one who has to pay for the Yankees bad signings in the past.

    • thevauntedchris - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      They signed Teix in his late 20’s, when he was an absolute monster. He’s been there for 5 seasons already. Weird statement to call him a has-been when he signed. No one could have predicted his immediate decline into a totally different player.

      ARod was a Hank signing…and Hank was immediately told to never get involved in Yankee business again after that. But by all means, continue posting things you obviously know nothing about…that’s what the internet is for after all.

      • jrobitaille23 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:10 AM

        late 20s? 29 actually which technically you are correct but it’s pretty much 30 and a point in one’s career you should shy away from long contracts for big money. We all know obvious steroid abusers will continue to do well after more stringent testing. Oh what’s that, his numbers and health have declined precipitously since?

        The internet is also for douchebags to talk to people in a way that would get them a beating in real life. congrats on getting that down pat

      • thevauntedchris - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        So because you were wrong, you make a blanket statement that anyone who points out your misinformation is a douchebag, and would “get a beating in real life?”

        Friend, I assure you..if you were sitting right here, I would have said the same thing to you..probably worse, since I wouldn’t have had time to collect my thoughts before I typed. I can’t speak for anyone else, but please don’t assume every person who corrects you on the internet is a teenager in their parent’s house. I bet there are a lot of grown ass men here along with me. Seems you are the one that wants to be the stereotypical internet tough guy.

    • bigharold - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      “.. of all the players the Yankees could throw money at, the one they choose not to, happens to be the only one who deserves it.”

      Your logic says the Yankees have been foolish in the past so they should continue to bee foolish. I can’t say that makes much sense. Also, the Yankees are offering him $170 mil, .. that’s not chump change. If this report pans out NOBODY will say it’s a good contract, It will be universally panned and rightly so. And that’s assuming that his production doesn’t fall off too much as he ages. Once he tries to live up to his huge contract without the line up protection he’s enjoyed his entire career there is a very good chance that this contract could look awful almost immediately.

      “.. they would rather pay has beens like Tex..”

      And, before you talk smack about a player know what your talking about. Teixeira was two years younger than Cano when they signed him, excluding last year that was lost to injury from 2009 to 2012 Teixeira hit more HR and RBI and despite Cano hitting 50 points high he’s only on base slightly more.

      • jrobitaille23 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:15 AM

        Cano is the best at his position. Tex was a PED driven masher in a hitters park and in loaded lineups. Great player on PED, not so much now. One plays a position that with his numbers, makes him one of the games best, one got off PED and despite playing in the best hiting ballpark for lefties has gotten worse and worse over the contract. 29 or 30 is always a bad time to be giving long term contracts to any player. But a power hitting first basemen is much easier to find then one of the best hitters who also happens to play the weakest hitting position 2B.

        Just because they erred in those signings in the past should not preclude them from doing another when it is warranted. Don’t drive a car again because you got into an accident. It’s awful reasoning.

        And I didn’t mean to say Tex was a has been when he signed…just pointing out he is a has been now who eats up a lot of payroll. Poor choice of words on my part.

    • yournuts - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      What 170 Million over 7 years isn’t enough to show love?

  12. vincentbojackson - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Can someone name the last team to have success after blowing this much payroll on one player? Doubt a Cano signing can sell enough season tickets to boost Seattle’s payroll limit enough to add any additional quality pieces.

    • mikhelb - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:10 AM

      Yanks signed Teixeira for an AAV of $22.5 MM and won the World Series the next season, and even with a bad season and a decrease in attendance for a 3rd consecutive year: since 2009 it is the winningest baseball team and one of the highest attendances if not the highest.

      But since it was not a single signing, it doesn’t count, I guess, because they also signed Sabathia to an AAV of $23 MM.

      We could also say the ARod contract when he hit voided his contract with the Yanks and signed for more, and since then the Yanks have also the highest amount of wins, BUT, they already were a good team (averaged 97 wins per season since he joined the Yankees, 94 wins in average since he signed again in 2008).

  13. pisano - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Take the best deal you can get Cano, the Yankees will move on quickly. When you see how much money you’ll lose in endorsements you’ll regret your move.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      I’m fascinated to see how often this ‘endorsements’ thing keeps coming up.

      Seattle is a real city. They have televisions there and everything. A-Rod, Griffey, and Ichiro became HUGE stars playing there. Peyton Manning endorses everything, and he came to stardom in Indianapolis, for crying out loud.

      There are plenty of endorsement opportunities in Seattle and EVERY OTHER CITY. The whole world is bigger than the five boroughs. It’s true.

      • paperlions - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        Plus, baseball players barely make anything on endorsements compared to star NBA players, or golfers or Peyton Manning. The endorsement thing is silly. Cano likely makes far less than $1M/year on endorsements (if anything).

  14. sportsfan18 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    For the overwhelming majority, taking the most cash is the way to go.

    But at some point one think it would stop. Let’s say Cano signs for $220 million with the M’s.

    He’s already earned a bit over $57 million so far in his career.

    This would mean in salary alone he will earn over $277 million dollars.

    $50 million more is a ton more when the numbers are say earning $75 million for a career vs. $25 million.

    But $50 million becomes much less when it’s a difference between $327 million and $277 million.

    Don’t quote me but I think Pujols took $30 million more from the Angels. So he’ll earn $344 million instead of $314 million.

    None of us may speak for Cano, but I may speak for myself. If I was TRULY happier somewhere, and the difference was $277 million or $327 million, I’m going to stay where I’m really happy.

    We all know that when salaries were only a few million, it mattered.

    At some point is has to stop I’d think when the totals are hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Kevin Garnett and Kobe have/will earn over $300 million playing ball, so will Pujols, Arod and others will follow behind them.

    It won’t be long before a player earns over $400 million from his career and a half a billion will surely follow along.

    Imagine if Trout remains BOTH healthy and productive! He’ll earn quite the amount of money.

  15. beelza - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Only two positional players will get mega-deals, huge money: Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout. These two will be the last mega-deals ever.

    Somebody ax Jay-Z what the hell happened to Cano in the 2012 ALCS loss to Detroit. Robbie took that entire series off. That ALCS debacle should cost Robbie 20 million alone.

    • mikhelb - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      And that is taking a lot of liberty by using “position” with Miguelito who can’t field but by god he is a very good hitter, reminds me of Barry Bonds in his PED prime.

  16. Jack Marshall - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    I’m pretty sure that my own loving father wouldn’t want ME in the family if it was going to cost 200 million bucks.

  17. mikhelb - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    At the time the first rumours appeared of Canó asking around 300 millions to the Yankees, it was known in the hispanoameric press that the person who told the Yankees that Robinson wanted that amount was: his dad. That’s why Robinson has repeated he didn’t ask the Yanks for that kind of money nor any of his agents, he is telling the truth, it was his dad. When the rumour began to grow, the source was cited as being “a person familiar of Canó”.

    • mikhelb - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      And in fact, IIRC, the amount was: 280 millions, 8 years. Other reports said the amount was 180 millions for 8 years, but that’s a big gap there (and I read that it was more or less what the Yanks told them they were willing to offer).

  18. thepoolshark - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    The Yankees are getting rid of Cano like the Cards did with Pujos…offering a big contract that they KNOW will be out-bid, to prevent total fan backlash.

    With an employee of Cano’s Foundation has known ties to Biogenesis, the Yankees may know something that is not publicly known…yet. They may know he was recruited by Aroid, for example, and don’t want the bad publicity after what the Fraud has put them through. Maybe they figure that Cano will stop using after getting a monster contract, and lose that all-out hustle to first that Bryce Harper copied.

    Who knows? Their Luxury Tax frugality is all but over, yet they are rigid in their stance and offer to Cano. We shall see if Cano calls their bluff. Pujols lost his legacy by leaving St Louis, and Cano might start loafing to first in Seattle if the M’s continue to lose. /s

  19. seanb20124 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    He is 31, wants a huge 10 yr deal? Yanks learning those contracts are bad business at the end

  20. uyf1950 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    The headline of the piece says: “Robinson Cano’s dad says the Yankees “don’t seem to want” his son”.

    My apologies to the Cano family for the following. But in all honesty it seems like other baseball team “don’t seem to want his son” either especially at $200MM except the perennial losers, the Mariners.

    No offense to Mariner fans intended but it is what it is.

  21. csbanter - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Cano can leave if he chooses to do so. Fans need to stop taking things look like this personally. He’s been a good Yankee, the bombers will be OK. Its not that serious.

  22. autmorsautlibertas - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Cano should take the Yankees deal, but insist on a player opt-out after the first year. This way Cano has the security of a long term contract (7 years), and the Yankees will be able to get under 189 for one year and reset the luxury penalty. Next year, he can opt out and the Yankees could resign him for 9 years at 225. Win-Win

    • jfk69 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Seattle and Yankee hierarchy are buds. Look at all the deals they do together. Even if signs in Starbuck land. Good PR for Seattle.
      Then when he starts loafing out grounders in a 1 for 28 funk. Seattle will trade him back to the Yankees .
      Yanks save the cap and Seattle and NY do another mutually benefiting deal.
      Jay Z and Cano are mere child’s play for these two franchises.

  23. coltzfan166 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    They offered him $21 million a year

  24. ralphwilsonisrich - Dec 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    these signing make me wanna puke. Overpaid all of them

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