The Yankees and star player Robinson Cano are not seeing eye to eye. Yet.
In the midst of signing Brian McCann and possibly Carlos Beltran soon, the Yankees still have a line on Cano. The problem is both of them do not want to blink first. The Yankees expect to sign Cano at a “realistic price” while Cano wants to be paid like a superstar. He recently said that he wanted to stay a Yankee and did not ask for $310 million. Instead he reduced his price to $260 million dollars for nine years.
Cano has been the best all around hitter for the Yankees in the last couple of years. However, he does not deserve $260 million. If he gets a long-term deal with the Yankees, then they are making a huge mistake. He is 31 years old and playing in a position (second base) where players don’t age well. It also does not help that the last two major deals signed by free agents over the age of 30 have been busts. In the last two seasons, the Angels sign outfielder Josh Hamilton and first baseman Albert Pujols to large contracts.
In his first season with the Angels, Hamilton had his worst season of his career. He batted .250 with 21 home runs in 576 at bats. For Pujols, his first season with the Halos, he played well in his first season with the team, hitting .285 with 30 home runs and 50 doubles, but it was not numbers Angels fans were accustomed to see from him. This past season, he only played in 99 games before a foot injury ended his season.
More teams are being careful about giving large contracts to certain players due to age and injury. Cano is no different. Could he be a $300 million dollar man one day? I highly doubt it. The Yankees are a very smart organization and if they give in to Cano’s demands, then they will have a Pujols situation on their payroll. Cano is a great player, but he should really lower his salary demands. Do not let Jay-Z negotiate his contract.
Both parties need each other but one will get what he wants. The question is: Who will blink first?