It appears the Yankees are planning for life without perennial all star Robinson Cano. Since signing with Jay-Z Cano's quote has been bumped up to 300 million for ten years. Let's get real here, Robby Cano isn't worth even 200 million. The man is one of the great players today, everyone will admit to that. But Cano will not go down as one of the greatest of all time. His stats are there that definitely support a pay day, especially with him in the prime of his career. But the Yankees have had issues with long outstanding contracts, you know who I am talking about.
AL East rival Dustin Pedroia recently signed an eight year extension with the Sox worth 110 million. In terms of second basemen these two are without a doubt in the same conversation. As to why Cano, or his agency, is looking for a contract of this magnitude is beyond me. Despite the Yankees having what seems an infinite amount of money, one player is not going to win championships, especially Robinson Cano. There's no guarantee that Cano even performs to the same level once he gets his payday. In a few years his age will surely take effect and his numbers will decline.
While Cano sits and waits for his money, the Yankees are out spending it. The McCann signing his huge. He will give the Yanks a much needed bat and they will get more out of him now that he can DH. Kelly Johnson isn't a bad signing either, perhaps the successor to Cano at second base. Last but not least, the biggest splash so far is the signing of now former Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. I think the Yankees overpaid him, but they can do that. Ellsbury is a superior player to Brett Gardner who may or may not be on the block. I say deal him. Moving forward this off season, Cashman should look for pitching, bolster up the bullpen and get some younger arms into that starting rotation.
With all the injuries the Yankees had this year and with a Cano payday looming, I thought they might have tried to deal him before the deadline because their farm system is covered with manure. Whatever the Yankees plan to do the rest of this offseason they will contend, as they always do it just may be without Robby Cano patrolling the right side of the infield.