Once upon a time and a few seasons ago, Robinson Cano looked as if he wanted to be a New York Yankee for the rest of his career. He was well on his way to possibly being the next face of the Yankees franchise after Derek Jeter would finish his career. However, not all was good in Yankee Land during the 2013 offseason.
On a dreary 2013 offseason, Cano became a free agent. His mission was to become the richest free agent on the market but the Yankees weren’t meeting up to Cano’s demands. The Yankees planned on giving him $175 Million but Cano wanted over $200 Million. With the Cano and Yankees contract dispute getting ugly, Cano’s father decided to put his two cents in.
The Yankees do want Cano, but not at the price he’s asking for. According to Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees still consider Cano a top priority.
Look, we’re still talking,” Steinbrenner said. “Nobody has given up. We’re still talking, but obviously we’re a decent distance apart. We’re just going to have to see, day by day. That’s all we can do.”
Steinbrenner said that the Yankees would be willing to match any offer Cano receives but Brian Cashman, the Yankees General Manager thinks otherwise.
“At the end of the day, usually it just comes down to the financials and where we sit versus the field,” Cashman said. “I don’t know what the field is doing and how they’re doing and what people are willing to do, I just know at the end of the day, we will have or have put forward already offers that we are very comfortable with and higher than where we thought we would be to try to retain him.”
From the beginning, it’s been clear that the Yankees have wanted Cano. It would have to be up to Cano in order to swallow is pride a bit and take the Yankees deal. He’s not going to find over $250 Million anywhere in this free agent market. Hopefully this contract drama will have a very happy ending.