What might the Yankees be doing when they are watching all the free agents come off the board? Well, they are not discussing an extension with Robinson Cano.
“I think the Yankee policy is very clear, they always walk through the contracts and then address them,” Boras told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com. “As they did with (Derek) Jeter and other players.”
The policy Boras is talking about is the one where the Yankees refuse to extend players until their contract is up. However, it’s not so much a policy as a guideline. They have been open to talking extension with Cano this offseason, but Boras and Cano has made it clear that they are going to want top dollar and will not cut the Yankees any breaks. With the strict budget constraints put in place by Hal Steinbrenner this pretty much rules out any extension possibility this offseason.
So Cano will hit free agency next offseason where perhaps the Yankees will be serious bidders. It certainly seems that they are trying to put themselves in a position where they can keep him, but with the the uncertainty surrounding the budget we won’t really find out until next offseason.