Considering their ongoing debacle involving Alex Rodriguez,
the New York Yankees may be hesitant when it comes to signing Robinson Cano to
a long-term extension as the team is now “more averse to impulse buying with no
long-term cautions,” according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post.
Rodriguez will turn 38 this season, and he’s statistically been
in decline since 2007. New York isn’t sure when he’ll make his 2013 debut, as
he’s recovering from hip surgery that is expected to sideline him for at least
the first half of the regular season. He’s also once again been tied to
Oh yeah, and Rodriguez is still guaranteed another $114 million
through the 2017 season.
Enter Cano, who is poised to capture a $200 million-plus
contract if he reaches the open market. The 30-year-old is considered one of
the game’s best hitters, and he’s coming off his best season. The Yankees are
getting older, meaning Cano could be the next face of the franchise considering
his age and ability.
However, there are some concerns involving Cano. He hasn’t
been directly tied to PEDs, but some do wonder when, not if, he’ll have to be
moved off second base.
Still, Sherman believes the Yankees are poised to offer Cano
an extension in the seven-year, $170 million range. Will this be enough to keep
him, or will he leave via free agency for a superior deal?
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