Found September 26, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Following a disappointing and injury-plagued season in which the New York Yankees will miss the postseason for only the second time in the past 20 years, the Yankees will say good-bye to Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. They will also have some decisions to make about some very key players such as Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano. Both become free agents after the season, but the first priority needs to go toward Cano, a franchise player. MLB Trade Rumors' Steve Adams reports that Cano will seek a ten-year contract worth approximately $305 million, which would make him the highest paid player in MLB history. Adams cites ESPN's Buster Olney as the source of information, and Kevin Negandhi, also of ESPN, confirms Olney's report. Our @Buster_ESPN reporting that according to sources, Robinson Cano is seeking a 10-yr $305M contract this offseason.. — Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) September 26, 2013 This pending news comes at a time in which the Yankees are known to want to cut payroll. MLB.com's Bryan Hoch also carried the story and reminds us that general manager Brian Cashman offered Cano seven years and $161 back in the spring, but the two sides never came together. With the retirements of Pettitte and Rivera, the injuries to Derek Jeter, and the legal matters and pending 211-game suspension of Alex Rodriguez, Cashman needs to do all he can to re-sign Cano, the team's best player. Cano hit .315/.384/.519 (as play begins on September 26) with 27 HR and 106 RBI on a team that did not have the normal protection of Granderson, Rodriguez, Jeter, and Mark Teixeira around him for most of the year. Cano also had a WAR of 7.7 and helped keep the Yankees in contention through September 25 or 158 games. However, that asking price would not get the team under the $189 million limit to avoid excessive luxury taxes. Having the Chicago Cubs pay $13 million of Alfonso Soriano's $18 million 2014 salary will help, but they still have other mega contracts to pay as well, including Jeter's, A-Rod's, C.C. Sabathia's and Teixeira's salaries. Cano discussed his desire to return to the Bronx, but he must discuss the matter with his family. He also knows what the Yankees will still have almost guaranteed on their roster next year. Said Cano, "You've got Tex, you've got Alex, you've got Jeter," Cano said. "You still got a lot of guys that can still play this game. You've got superstars; you've got Ichiro, you've got Soriano. I mean, it's not that you got two guys leaving and there's not going to be somebody here. ... I just want to wait for the time to come and to think about it." Not many teams can offer what Cano apparently wants, so we will see if the two sides can reach a deal over the offseason. Follow Raymond on Twitter @RayBureau. Like Raymond's "Baseball Bureau" page on Facebook. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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