Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/28/13
Robinson Cano was visited by visions of Yankees future Thursday night. For seven innings in a comatose ballpark he saw a preview of what could be the next few years if he sticks around a non-contender playing before dispassionate fans with sketchy talent. And then for two innings he saw a different seductive coming attraction of what is possible if he re-signs. He will never have the place in the fans’ hearts that Mariano Rivera has. There is not the same connection not the same history not as many championships. But if Cano does sign a long-term deal to stay this winter he puts himself in position to get what even $310 million cannot purchase — a place in the pinstripe pantheon. He is on a trajectory to become the second Yankee to ever reach 3000 hits. General manager Brian Cashman already has touted Cano’s Hall-of-Fame path. He has a chance to become a forever Yankee which carries all kinds of late-career love and post-career inducements. None of which is possible for say Texas Ranger Robinson Cano. “There is a lot that money can’t buy” Cano said. “When Mo was a free agent if he went somewhere else then what happened [Thursday] could not have happened for him. But you have to understand that this is a business. The Yankees are going to do what is best for them and I am going to do what is best for me and my family.” That latter part has been the Cano mantra and he has been incredibly disciplined this year at limiting his comments about free agency and dispassionately offering the business lines. My suspicion remains Cano very much wants to remain a Yankee but that this is a script his representatives have handed him. That you have to project that you will leave that you will make cold business decisions to coerce the Yankees to bid more and more. This is not Derek Jeter trying to play hardball but also saying in his last negotiation he couldn’t imagine playing anywhere else.
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