Cano, 28, earned $9 million last season and is under the Yankees control through the 2013 season. He will earn $10 million in 2011. He also has a $14 million club option in 2012 and a $15 million club option in 2013. If he plays anywhere near the level he played in 2010 those options should be no brainers.
This means that after the 2013 season the Yankees will have to pay top dollar if they want to keep Cano in pinstripes. At that point he’ll be 31-years-old and if his stock is anything like it is now then Boras will start with contract demands in the seven-year $100+ million range.
That is going to be a pain in the butt even if Cano is still a top player. But at least the Yankees and their fans don’t have to go through that for a few more seasons.
What do you think? Is this the beginning of the end of Cano’s days in Pinstripes? Or do the Yankees have enough money so it shouldn’t matter?