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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.

16 thoughts on “Report: MLB execs not willing to give Cano huge contract

  • Clay

    Pedroia signed a 7 year deal for $100M ($14.3M a year) and he is 1 year younger than Cano. How about 6 years at $120M ($20M a year) for Cano?

  • hotdog

    well, the Yankees aren't exactly outbidding themselves…they are trying to acquire Cano before anyone else does…now, maybe no one is willing to pay Cano $25 mil/year or more but the Yankees don't know that…maybe the Yankees just have to throw out their top dollar with a small amount to maneuver if needed and see what happens…not an open ended offer but something that speaks to the possibility that the Yankees are not going over $200 mil and that Cano can take the money or go elsewhere…who here wouldn't love to get their hands on $100 million dollars…free market I know but it's crazy to think someone can turn down $144 million…

  • Rob Abruzzese

    The way I've always felt about this is that no other teams are coming forward with offers for Cano because it's too early, they think he's going back to the Yankees, and, most importantly, he's asking for $300 million. Once his real market finally begins to take shape, we'll start seeing other teams get interested. It's not like the Yankees are going to be the only team that wants him.

    Remember, baseball as a whole is in much better shape financially then it was even 5 or 10 years ago. Teams have money to spend. Cano will be paid. I'm not sure if it will be $180 million or what it will be, but eventually other teams will get into the mix.

    All of that said, I still expect the Yankees to bid against themselves quite a bit because that's what they do.

  • Guest

    Here is a legit offer.. 9 years @ 200M.. frontload the contract while is is "worth" the big bucks and end the contract with a more realistic salary for an older player.
    2014 – $30M
    2015 – $30M
    2016 – $25M
    2017 – $25M (can obt out)
    2018 – $25M
    2019 – $20M
    2020 – $20M
    2021 – $15M
    2022 – $10M

  • Balt Yank

    I would offer 125 for five years, maybe, or 115/five years. I would not touch 200 mil at 9 years. It is not a huge loss if Cano walks because he, as others have said, is a good player but not an infectious player.

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