Robinson Cano may be the biggest name on the market, but he might not be worthy of the biggest offseason contract. According to The Daily News, an informal survey was conducted among the executives, and the results were no owner would pay Robinson Cano at the price he’s asking for. It could end up that the Yankees only competitor for Cano…is the Yankees.
Sure, Cano is arguably the best second basemen in the game but Cano’s bat and glove just isn’t worth $300 Million. One official source actually explained why other teams wouldn’t be interested in a long term deal: “Arte Moreno is Exhibit A for why clubs have become loathe to commit big money for seven or more years to players over 30. The back years are killers and clubs are finally coming around to realize that.” Of course, they were referencing the owner of the Los Angeles Angels, who is still suffering through the contracts of Albert Pujols (10 years, $254 Million) and Josh Hamilton (5 years, $123 Million).
There were rumblings earlier this summer that the Yankees offered Cano a 6 year, $144 Million contract, a contract Cano rejected. We also remember the rumor that the Yankees offered Cano a “David Wright” type contract, one for 8 years, $138 Million; a contract Cano also rejected. If the rumors were true, the Yankees are essentially just trying to outbid themselves, with no other teams in the mix.
So where did Cano possibly go wrong where teams wouldn’t want to offer him a gigantic contract? Was it the fact he switched agents from Scott Boras to Jay-Z? Could it be the fact he wants $300 Million? Maybe he’s trying to reach territory that teams don’t want to go near again: offering gigantic contracts to players, only for the players to not produce as in their prime (ex. Pujols, Hamilton, Alex Rodriguez). Or maybe it’s a combination of all three which might have Cano with only one possible suitor. The way I see this playing out is the Yankees being the initial bidder on Cano, and then a mystery team being senseless enough to hand Cano $300 Million to bring star quality and money into their ballpark.
Sure, the Yankees need Cano and Cano needs a job but maybe Cano might want to lower the asking price just a little bit if he wants more results.