Yankees and Robinson Cano still far apart

Robinson Cano's contract negotiations will be a long, painful process for the Yankees

11/19/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Sep 28, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) throws to first base during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsRobinson Cano is by far the biggest free agent on the market right now, and the Yankees might actually have a hard time keeping him in the Bronx. It's a bit shocking, actually, since the Yankees usually get whatever and whomever they want.

At the moment, however, the two sides are EXTREMELY far apart.

Cano is reportedly still seeking a contract in the area of 10 years and $310 million. The Yankees are countering with 7 years and $160 million.

That's a generous offer from the Yanks, but Cano might generate enough interest around the league that it could be a long time before the two sides come together, if at all.

The Mets have already met with Jay-Z, who runs the agency hired by Cano, and they discussed the star second baseman. The Mets haven't been considered a serious player in the Cano talks, but they're clearing around $60 million worth of payroll off the books this year, and could be a dark horse in the Cano race.

At the very least, Jay-Z et al are trying to create a little more of a market for Cano, who will need more teams willing to part with serious money in order for them to convince the Yankees to step up their offer.

No matter what happens, this is shaping up to be a long offseason for the Yankees. They're working desperately to cut payroll, but also desperate to hold on to Cano, who was by far their best offensive player last year.

That having been said, it would be hard to picture Cano playing his home games anywhere but Yankee Stadium next year. Despite their desperation to get under the $189M luxury tax threshold, losing Cano would be unlike anything we've seen happen in the Bronx in decades.

On the flip side, does Jay-Z want to be known as the man who took Robinson Cano away from New York? As a proud Brooklyn native, it's hard to believe he would want that on his reputation. And although it's a business matter above all, it's also a bit unrealistic to believe that the Yankees couldn't match any offer that comes along.

When the dust settles, it's almost a lock that Robinson Cano will remain with the Yankees. The real question is this: How painful with that process be?
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