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Robinson Cano, Yankees trade barbs about “disrespect”

Dec 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

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The divorce is over and each of them has found a new love, but Robinson Cano and the Yankees have still decided it’s worth trading barbs about “disrespect” in the past 24 hours.

Here’s Robinson Cano at yesterday’s press conference when asked about his dealings with the Yankees before accepting the Mariners’ $240 million offer:

“I didn’t feel respect. I didn’t get respect from them . . . I was hoping they would come up with a better offer. My goal was to stay there . . . I didn’t see any effort [from the Yankees].”

Know what? I get that. Cano is absolutely wrong for talking publicly about it and doing so gets him absolutely nowhere, but I understand why he may feel that way. The Yankees didn’t even really pretend to be particularly interested. Not saying they should have been — at the price Cano was reportedly demanding it made no sense for New York — but there has developed a certain convention around such high-profile athletes in which everyone at least publicly talks about how badly they want to stay together, etc. and that didn’t happen here. And star athletes are high strung and all of that. So, again, Cano shouldn’t have said this, but I can see where it’s coming from.

Just this morning Yankees President Randy Levine shot back, taking issue with Cano’s claim that the Yankees did not treat him with respect. He said they were more than happy to make a $175 million offer and always treated Cano with respect, but that ultimately it was simply a matter of it not making any kind of sense for the Yankees to commit to a ten-year contract given how those deals have gone for them in the past. He doesn’t blame Cano for taking Seattle’s offer as it was clearly better. Levine added that, rather than disrespect, he thinks Robinson Cano is “very disappointed” he no longer plays for the Yankees.

Now: everyone move on.

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  1. psousa1 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Think that beard wasn’t a subtle jab? Wait until mid May when he looks around and says to himself “WTF did I doooooooooo!”

    Give it two years and Jay Z starts to crow “Robbie belongs in NY and he is going to withhold his services until he is sent back to NY”

    As a 40 year Sox fan – I don’t care much about Ellsbury, Beltran and McCann signings. I am just glad Cano is out of that division. When he is up and there is a runner on second – just count it. He brings that guy in, it seems like, everytime.

  2. baseballisboring - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    High strung, very selfish…in part of that interview he was saying something like “I just told them I wanted somewhere that I could finish my career. You know how it is for guys when their contract ends at 36, 37, it’s hard for those guys to find jobs…” etc etc. All I could think was HOW is that the Yankees’ problem? They’re not gonna add another 3 years and $75 million just for the sake of giving you security, dude. It’s amazing how little some athletes understand about the business side of the game…

    • whatthehellisansky - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      The real funny thing is just because youre signed doesnt necessarily mean youre going to play – especially at the tail end of that deal.

      I can see him being relegated to platoon DH duty or becoming the 24mm/yr pinch hit option at the end of the bench in 6 or 7 years.

    • sabatimus - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      I think Cano understands it. I just think he doesn’t care and felt entitled, like so many overpaid athletes.

  3. autmorsautlibertas - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Teams do not “disrespect” a player because they refuse to knuckle under to unreasonable contract demands. The market sets a player’s value, and other than the Mariners, nobody else was willing to offer even the $175,000,000 or so the Yankees were willing to pay. Based on the reaction from the internet baseball community, the Seattle contract is imprudent and will inevitably end poorly for the Mariners. It is unlikely that Cano will be happy since the Seattle stadium is much less suited to his left handed bat, and quite frankly, he will be playing amongst lesser talent. Cano better get used to spending October in the Dominican Republic.

    • whatthehellisansky - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      the DR – which is going to be about 3000 miles further away than it was in NY….

  4. autmorsautlibertas - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Teams do not “disrespect” a player because they refuse to knuckle under to unreasonable contract demands. The market sets a player’s value, and other than the Mariners, nobody else was willing to offer even the $175,000,000 or so the Yankees were willing to pay. Based on the reaction from the internet baseball community, the Seattle contract is imprudent and will inevitably end poorly for the Mariners. It is unlikely that Cano will be happy since the Seattle stadium is much less suited to his left handed bat, and quite frankly, he will be playing amongst lesser talent. Cano better get used to spending October in the Dominican Republic.

    • gatorprof - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Pete Rose’s comment about Jay-Z getting Cano a big raise and another month’s worth of vacation (October) each year was priceless.

  5. gatorprof - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Cano just demonstrated another reason why the Yanks were o.k. watching him move on. He is borderline incoherent with his statements.

    Everyone had him pegged to be the next captain. Nope.

    Captains don’t complain about their spot in the batting order.

    Captains don’t get pissed off at their SS taking a pop up on their side of 2B.

    Captains lead by example in terms of giving maximum effort at all times.

    Captains don’t have to have two of his buddies (Melky and Abreu) moved out of town so that he will be able to focus (see 2008).

    Captains don’t align themselves with ex-drug dealing, n-bomb dropping rap stars.

    Cano is a talented player who will be missed. He wasn’t the type of player that would ever be a captain of the Yankees. He is not worth the money that he just received from Seattle. They will regret this deal before the half way point.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      How many other team captains:

      Refuse to talk to a player after a verbal spat in the clubhouse like Jeter did to Curtis?

      Refuse to acknowledge a player on the team because of something said teammate said, and apologized for, years earlier like Jeter did to Arod?

      Refused to move to a different position so that a far superior player could play the tougher position like Jeter did to Arod?

      Didn’t stand up for one of his teammates during his steroid confession (Arod) like he did for another teammate (Giambi)?

      Complained of disrespect when the Yankees said he wasn’t worth $20M a year at age 37 like Jeter did?

    • genericcommenter - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      I’m a Yankees fan and I’ve always liked Jetes, but if all these things are true why is everyone always worried about hurting Jeter’s ego?

  6. crackersnap - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Imagine the “disrespect” Cano is going to feel a few years from now, when some kid just down the coast in his own division is making 50% more than Cano is, every year.

  7. pastabelly - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    By Craig saying, “everyone move on”, did he mean that there shouldn’t be 84 comments here?

    The reaction on both sides is PR spin.

  8. smcgaels1997 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    =Seattle was stupid enough to pay me this..BUT I wanted you to be stupid and overpay me

  9. mikeyd22 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Good riddance Robbie. Take your greed, worthless post season stats, and jog out to Seattle like you did first base a thousand times.

  10. fredverd - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    So, to clarify this in my mind, is Cano saying that the Mariners respected him tremendously, the Yankees didn’t respect him nearly as much (therefore they disrespected him), and the other 30 or so teams completely disrespected him because they didn’t even offer anything? Now he’ll have to go into all those cities with an attitude!

  11. genericcommenter - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    As a Yankees fan, I wanted Cano back, but I don’t think any player is worth a 10 year contract, especially not a 30+ year old second baseman.

    That said, if I were him, I would be at least a little miffed about them offering Jacoby Ellsbury a contract that wasn’t that far off what they offered me. They valued a good player, who has missed half of the games in the past 4 seasons due to injury& has 1 great season at age 30& and is similar to a guy they already had on the roster at a low salary, almost as much as an elite player at a high value position who is on a HOF pace and averaged 160 games over the last 7 seasons. They priced Cano at perhaps 1/2 WAR/season over Ellsbury.

    • yournuts - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      Ellsbury stats are almost Identical to Cano. He was offered 20 Million dollars less than Cano. Ellsbury also plays a completely different position and is a stud Center fielder and steals bases.

      Nobody on the Redsox makes more than 16 Million a year. Nobody, not David Ortiz or anyone else. Dustin Pedroia will make 12.5 million in 2014. It is a TEAM effort.

      Don’t compare what Ellsbury will make campared to Cano. Cano would have made over 20 million more over his contract of 7 years. That is what the problem is, Cano only thinks that money is respect and nothing more. He worries what other people are going to make. Sad, very sad thinking. There is so much money, everyone is going to be set for life. Pathetic example of a role model.

  12. onbucky96 - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    A Latin thing? I guess Cano is like Pedro: CASH = Respect. I can’t wait to watch him FAIL!

  13. losanginsight - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    You are worth however much someone is willing to pay you. If your boss asked you to take a pay cut to hire a new secretary, what would you say? Cano has been the top 2nd baseman since he came in the League. Cano has never had any major injuries and can run, unlike Albert Puljos. NY and their fans are just mad because they will still owe Arod 100 mil+. Cano is going to put up better numbers hitting 3rd. In 8 years, this contact won’t look as bad as Puljos’ 2 years in and Arod’s 5 years in. NY should have locked this guy up but instead choose to break the back for a fragile lead off hitter.

    • cackalackyank - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      Dustin Pedroia disagrees with you.

  14. gymtruthteller - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    He’s right. They over paid other guys to the point Cano thinks he deserved more since he produced more.

    He needs to understand they never wanted him back. They are waiting to buy Trout as evident of their name drop during the Ellsbusy press conference. They better be fined.

    • yournuts - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      gymtruthteller, Ignorant comment! 175 Million over 7 years, 25 Million each year for 7 years is not wanting someone back in your book? Really one ignorant comment. You must be related or a fool from Seattle?

  15. 8man - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    There are no words to describe my hatred at the largesse on display here. This is what the Yankees created.

    New York, this is why you are hated. Well, not the only reason…..

  16. louhudson23 - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    175 million is respect many times over. Go play where you want…for the team,manager,teammates,fans and city that you want….but when you choose based on respect,years and dollars,you have lost before you started….independence and self determination is more valuable than the millions you can’t spend in a lifetime….forfeiting that freedom because of the sycophantic ego stroking by agents/hangers on who want a bigger piece of the pie is silly….they don’t have to play there,they just cash your checks….I refuse to believe that playing for the Mariners is his first choice(not that the Yanks were either,necessarily) He and Pujols can console each other by showing looking at each others pay stubs….

  17. haaseline - Dec 14, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Personally I don’t understand a word the cat says… Lets them Pot heads try to figure out what comes out of his mouth

  18. jdillydawg - Dec 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Levine – 1, Cano – 0.

  19. jpat2424 - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Cano is a A hole

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