Robinson Cano not a "sign-at-all-costs" player for the Yankees

Would the Yankees really let Robinson Cano go if his demands were too high?

9/11/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Sep 8, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA;  New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) singles to left center during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY SportsRobinson Cano is the best second baseman in baseball right now, and is set to become a free agent after this season. The popular assumption has been that he'll sign a contract that will essentially make him a Yankee for life.

Now, that assumption may not be entirely accurate, if you believe Yankees team president Randy Levine.
 
"Robinson Cano is a great player. We will sit down and talk to him. Hopefully he's a Yankee. Nobody is a re-sign at all costs, but we want him back and we feel good about negotiating something with him. But nobody is a re-sign at any cost."

Levine says that "no one is a re-sign at all costs," but is that really true? If such a player exists, it would absolutely be Cano.

He's the best player in the league at a position where elite level players are rather scarce. Aside from Dustin Pedroia, there really isn't a second baseman who can compete with Cano's level of brilliance both at the plate and in the field.

Cano recently got rid of agent Scott Boras and signed with rapper Jay Z's agency. Boras is a notoriously ruthless negotiator, and Jay Z is known as a Yankees fan. Does that mean Cano is a lock to stay in the Bronx? Or will Jay Z and his team make even wilder demands than Boras would have?

We probably won't know for sure until the offseason, but the Yankees' coffers are full of money to spend, and Cano is exactly the kind of player they should be paying big dollars. Hopefully for their sake, Levine is just bluffing, and GM Brian Cashman will truly attempt to sign Cano at all costs. Because anything less than that would be a mistake.
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9/11/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Part of that is he can't say "we're screwed with about Cano," because that will just give Cano more leverage. There's also the possibility the Yankees are going to try and get under $189 million for this one year for luxury tax purposes. Finally, there's the chance that the Dodgers back up the dump truck for Cano past what any sane team would do. He is already 30, and we've seen what happens to long-term contracts to guys in their 30s.

9/11/13   |   gsbayer   |   6 respect

Everyone (fans, front office) has been telling the Yanks "I told you so" all season long for how terrible the deal with A-Rod was, and how it will bit them in the ass.  That was a deal at all costs and seemed to be the answer to all the secrets of the universe, so they are definitely sensitive to big, long contracts which make no sense.

Getting Boras out of the equation is huge, since he is partially responsible for the A-Rod debacle and feeding his ego about what his real value is.  Love Cano and everyone wants him to be a Yankee for life, but if he insists on a 10 year deal with crazy numbers, Yanks may walk.