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When New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano dropped
agent Scott Boras in favor of another group – which included rapper Jay-Z – there
was thought that an agreement on a contract extension would soon follow. However,
this hasn’t been the case, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports notes that it’s clear the
sides are nowhere near a deal at this point.
Heyman adds that even though the Yankees and Cano’s
representation are expected to continue talks, free agency is a “very likely
outcome” for the second baseman. This doesn’t mean that Cano wouldn’t
eventually wind up signing with the Yankees, as Heyman has heard from other
players that believe New York is still the All-Star’s preference.
Contract talks haven’t gone public, but Heyman reports that
Cano’s suggested he’d like to wind up with a deal somewhere in the range of
$275 million. That would put him in range of fellow Yankees’ slugger Alex
Rodriguez most recent contract.
While this is apparently Cano’s target, the Yankees are not
anywhere near that figure in what they’re willing to offer. Instead, Heyman
says New York’s suggestion is something closer to David Wright’s eight-year,
$138 million deal with the Mets.
Cano – who turns 31 in October – has been an All-Star for
three consecutive years, over which times he’s also finished in the top six of
American League MVP voting. On the year, he’s hit .276/.345/.498 with 15
doubles and 16 home runs.
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