Rumor: Cano seeking 10-year deal at top-of-market-dollars

Robinson Cano has been the Yankees best hitter for at least the past two years, but was probably the biggest reason for their early exit in the ALCS this season when he went into a 0-for-29 slump. That hasn’t stopped Brian Cashman from considering extending Cano’s deal before his contract is up and it hasn’t stopped Cano from expecting a 10-year deal and a boatload of money.

Via Joel Sherman of the NY Post:

Whenever I have asked about his financial goals, Cano always has said he is not concentrating on that subject. Yet a few members of the team told me Cano has said he is expecting a 10-year contract at top-of-the-market dollars. In a conversation with me yesterday, Boras also did not give numbers, but it was clear he expects his client to be treated financially like one of the great players in the game.

And it certainly seems like Cano’s agent Scott Boras is ready to ask for quite a bit. After all, Cano didn’t fire his agent almost two years ago to give the Yankees a hometown discount. Boras also mentioned that he doesn’t think a deal will be struck this season because he thinks the Yankees won’t have the urgency to do so. Which is correct, Boras will expect top dollar despite the fact that he won’t be on the open market perhaps asking for as much as $250 million and it seems unlikely the Yankees would be urgent to sign such a contract without similar offers from other teams.

Cano has a one-year, $15 million option that the Yankees will certainly pick up in the coming weeks. If they managed to sign him to an extension this offseason, that $15 million would be included in the calculation of his average annual value that counts against the luxury tax thus slightly bringing it down a bit.

Personally, I think the idea of a 10-year deal for Cano is crazy. It’s possible that he could get that on the open market from a desperate team, but the Yankees should insist against it. He’s going to be 30-years-old tomorrow, he’ll be 31 by next offseason. Giving him a 10-year-deal that brings him to age 41 would be like giving A-Rod his 10-year, $275 million albatross all over again.

Cano is a great player, but if that’s what it takes to sign him then maybe the Yankees should consider other options.

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16 Responses to Rumor: Cano seeking 10-year deal at top-of-market-dollars

  1. "…a few members of the team…." Does he mean teammates? I don't know if I'm ready to believe that a player's teammates would go to the media with information like that.

  2. Jeff says:

    This is Albert Pujols revisited. There is no way that the Yankees should offer him anything over a 6 year deal.
    Like Albert, he has the chance to cement his legacy in Yankee lore. If he leaves, he will be this decades' Alfonso Soriano.
    Marco Scutaro is making Cano look like he's overpaid, even at 15 million.

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    The only way I'd sign this guy long term is if he agrees to take on Larry Bowa as his roommate. He's a very talented player, yet somehow I feel like he's not giving it his all. Perhaps I'm wrong, but he projects a whiff of "i don't really care". This is not Bernie Williams quietness, or Derek Jeter calm confidence, this is Melky Cabrera/Bobby Abreu laziness. He is satisfied with his performance, and not pushing hard to get better. I remember the team trading Cabrera after 2009 because of concerns that his poor attitude would or was infecting Cano. So a 10 year deal is just plain stupid. To offer a multi year deal to any player over 35 not named Jeter or Rivera is a mistake.

  4. Fred says:

    This is the state of baseball now. if you want a guy of Cano's talent, you either need to fork over a massive contract that is detrimental to your future, or develop him in the first place. Its impossible to get a guy that is the best player at his position, in his prime, as a free agent without overspending.

    The Yankees should sign an extension now. Because otherwise he's walking, and we're going to be godawful for several years.

  5. Gonzalo Hiram says:

    Pujols, and ARod already proved how bad those contracts are for the teams.
    He is a very good player, even with that horrible postseason you can't forget how good he is, but also you can't forget his lazy attitude and as TT mentioned it he is satisfied with that. With Teixeira, CC and ARod there I really think it would be a very bad idea having another guy with that kind of contract.

    More than 150M / 7years and good bye Cano. Let's work on Adams and Joseph

  6. andy c says:

    Can you imagine what Cano will be like when his skills start to diminish? He has a bad work ethic and he will not fall slowly.

    Offer six for $150, if he says no – then trade him and restock the farm!

  7. manny@brooklyn says:

    $140.millions FOR THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS IS WHAT I THINK HE'S WORTH
    NO MORE NO LESS,BUT FOR ANYONE TO SAY HE'S USING PED BECAUSE HE'S
    FRIENDS WITH MELKY CABRERA IS JUST SO INRESPONBLE AND STUPID TO SAY
    THE PERSON THAT WROTE THAT COMMENT IS NOT WORTH FOR ME TO SAY
    HE'S NAME.IS LIKE SAYING ALL ROGER CLEMENT FRIENDS WHERE USING PED
    OR BARRY BONDS FRIENDS.TWO SAMPLES ONE AFRICAN AMERICAN AND
    A WHITE AMERICAN. PED DON'T HAVE A RASE.

  8. Vijay says:

    6 years – 102mil + incentives to equal 108 mil. That's 18 million a year. Very fair!!!

  9. I got news for you guys, Cano isn't getting less than $160 million on the low end.

  10. Nunzio says:

    cano is looking for that big a-rod deal, he should have shown his worthiness when he was in the dugout in that awful series he had against the tigers……ok he was slumping at bat and he could not get on base but when he was in the dugout he looked like he was ready for a nap…. He has no leadership qualities at all…..let someone else pay him 10 years at 250 million ……Yankees for that payroll need leaders not sunflower spitters that looked beat from the start

  11. Kemajic says:

    Cano doesn't bother to hustle now and even with his immence talent, he gives up important at bats looking like he doesn't care. He doesn't hit with RISP. If he's doing this the year before free agency, how intense is he going to play after signing a 10 year deal? Boras will likely insist on an opt-out clause as well. This is another ARod deal waiting to happen. We sure like that one don't we?

  12. vincent says:

    Goodbye cano we should be smart and at least get something for him And who is roger clement

  13. Greg says:

    One word…..

    PASS!!!!!