All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano isn’t prepared to offer
the New York Yankees a hometown discount, and he may very well “bolt the Bronx”
one he reaches free agency, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
According to two industry sources familiar with Cano’s
situation, the Yankees’ Gold Glove second baseman may very well bolt the Bronx
once he becomes a free agent.
Cano is entering the final year of his contract with the
Yankees, as he’s prepared to earn $15 million in 2013. His next contract will likely
pay him well more than that annually, as the talented second baseman could
command upwards of $25 million per year if he hits the open market.
It’s been reported that re-signing Cano is the Yankees’
priority, but they are also keeping an eye on the luxury tax. The team already
has several veteran players locked up to multi-year contract, making fitting
Cano into their payroll more difficult.
One of Feinsand’s sources told him that they don’t expect
Cano to be with the Yankees beyond 2013. The second baseman isn’t offering New
York a hometown discount, and the source added that the team seems “to be more
interested in keeping their payroll down than winning.”
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