Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/27/13
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The question of the playoffs is gone for the Yankees. The question of the payoff is now the main game in town. What are they going to do about Robinson Cano? It is a decision that will significantly decide how they are shaped in 2014 and for many years to come. It will show if they have the fortitude to draw a negotiating line in the sand and walk away even from a homegrown player they desperately need and want. The gap between the sides is sizeable. The Yankees’ opening offer was what the Mets gave David Wright (eight years at $138 million) but without the deferrals the third baseman received. The next bid was seven years in the $161 million-$168 million range. The Cano camp countered at 10 years $310 million — $5 million more than Alex Rodriguez would earn on his record deal if he triggered all of his milestone home run bonuses. The Yankees swear they are not going near 10 years or that figure feeling the A-Rod contract was educational to avoid such commitments for players alre...
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