Robinson Cano asked for HOW MUCH from the Yankees!?
With the Yankees officially eliminated from playoff contention, the offseason has officially begun for the richest team in professional sports. With a lot of fans concerned about the future of an aging team, the most certain player that the team should focus on re-signing this season is 2B Robinson Cano. Now that the season is over, negotiations can begin to try and bring him back and keep him from testing the free agent market. The problem is… some reports are starting to leak about his asking price and it’s not pretty.
According to CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman, the star second baseman has a MONUMENTAL asking price, and has given the Yankees the price around 10 years and 300 MILLION dollars. You’re not misreading that, folks. Robinson Cano has requested to be paid $30 Million a year for the next 10 years. I guess, in hindsight, it’s not the most ridiculous offer ever, but it’s still a lot of money for a 31 year old second baseman.
Cano’s CAA agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, said in a statement Thursday what he and Roc Nation Sports (the other half of Cano’s representation) have maintained all along – that they will not publicly comment on Cano’s future. “Out of respect to both parties, we have agreed all along with the Yankees not to comment publicly on discussions regarding Robinson’s contractual future,” said Van Wagenen. “I am abiding by that agreement and I will not confirm any discussions or offers or whether there have been offers by either side.
“As Robinson said (Wednesday), he hasn’t made any decisions on his future. Robinson is among the elite talents in the game and in the final few days of his contract, but he and I will continue to respect the process and our promise to not discuss specifics.”
Cano is a five-time all star and one of the most consistent members of the team right now. With the futures of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and CC Sabathia unsure, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda being free agents, and the loss of Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera to retirement, this team is set to lose A LOT of star power. Is it right of him to ask for $300 Million? At the end of the day, it’s a business and if the Yankees aren’t willing to shell out for him, he has every right to test the free agent market, which he likely will. The Yankees, according to Jon Heyman, made a “substantial” offer to keep him around, but not a big enough offer to keep him from testing the free agent market.