The Aftermath of Cano’s Contract Request

The Robinson Cano $310 million contract demand has sunk in

10/4/13 in MLB   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Sep 13, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI game tying double during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY SportsSometimes it’s best not to react immediately to controversial stories. When word leaked that Robinson Cano wants $310 million as he embarks on free agency, the responses ranged from angry to insulted to apoplectic. Now that the dust has settled, it can be looked at more objectively from the perspectives of everyone involved.
 
Robinson Cano
 
Cano has the right to ask for whatever amount of money he wants. Whereas Alex Rodriguez played both sides of the involved/not involved debate with the “A-Rod as businessman” persona simultaneous to the “A-Rod and his daddy figure Scott Boras,” Cano doesn’t seem to want to know what’s going on with the negotiations until his agents advise him to accept a deal.
 
That’s also his right to do and he appears to be more comfortable with an uncluttered mind and will go to the park when he’s told and play. What this strategy does, however, is leave him in the position where he might end up going to a venue he really doesn’t want to go to because that’s the team that offered the most money as A-Rod did with the Rangers. Cano clearly doesn’t want to leave the Yankees, but he also wants to get paid on a level with the highest paid players in baseball – now he wants to be the highest paid player in baseball. He’s bounced from agent to agent until he wound up as the central figure in Jay-Z’s fledgling foray into sports management.
 
Cano’s problem is that he can’t have it both ways. He’s either involved or he’s not. If he wanted someone to be his stand-in and have his demands met, he’d have stayed with Boras. Now he’s in a box. He wants a ludicrous amount of money that he’s not going to get from anyone whether it’s the Steinbrenners, Warren Buffet, a Saudi Prince or J.K. Rowling. His price will have to come down and on the off chance that another team jumps in trumps the Yankees’ offer, he’s going to sign with a team other than his preferred choice and have to stand at the podium in the press conference saying that he “always want to be a member of <insert team name here>” while everyone in the world will know he’s lying.  
 
Does Cano realize he’s not getting $310 million from anyone? I’m not sure he does.
 
The Jay-Z Bunch
 
Click onto the Roc Nation Sports website and their sports clients’ images pop up like a modern day Brady Bunch. They have Cano, Kevin Durant, Victor Cruz, Geno Smith and Skylar Diggins. (I had to click on Diggins’s picture to see who she is and what she does.) 
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