News came out today and over the weekend that the New York Yankees have offers out to multiple free agents. One of them is of course second baseman Robinson Cano. They have offers out to Hiroki Kuroda, and apparently Carlos Beltran is their next target (as I suggested he should be yesterday) and are also talking to players like Nate McLouth.
With Cano, we’ve all heard the rumors about how his free agency could last into the 2014 calendar year and how he wants $300 million over 10 years. The Yankees want no part of those years or dollars and have an offer out to him. Apparently, the Yankees offer comes with an expiration, kind of like the messages in Mission Impossible. Should we believe it though?
Second baseman who produce like Cano, who are perennial MVP candidates, don’t grow on trees. Many times, if you have a second baseman who produces on offense it’s a bonus. Cano produces like a slugging first baseman, rather than a second baseman.
Cano will be 31 this season and will be approaching towards the end of his prime, however, that’s not to say he won’t be a productive player. Even if gets to a point where the Yankees “move on” from Cano, and let’s say they go ahead and sign Omar Infante to play second base, that still may not preclude them from signing Cano. Infante has played third base in his career as well.
The fact that we don’t know what will we become of Alex Rodriguez, and the fact if he is suspended, that could lead to more money in the Yankees’ pockets in January.
Until there is a press conference with Robinson Cano with another team, no matter who it is, don’t believe there’s a clock on any Yankees offer to Cano. Elite players like Cano don’t come around too often and until a deal is done, don’t believe anything that comes from the Yankees about Cano.