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Yankees may have to choose between Cano and Granderson

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08:06 AM ET 03.10 | Since Hal Steinbrenner went public last week with his desire to get the Yankee payroll under $189 million by 2014 to avoid stiffer luxury-tax penalties, it's possible the Yankees will have to choose between Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano to get to that number. If they had to make that choice now, it would have to be Cano. He has become one of the Yankees' most feared hitters, as evidenced by the way Jim Leyland pitched around him at every opportunity in the playoffs last season, and his outstanding play at second base adds significantly to his value. Could that change by the end of the 2013 season, when each can become a free agent?

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March 10, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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please.....NY will not let any 'in their prime' player simply walk

you are right.

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March 10, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Jeter's contract will be up by then, so that should free up $15M. Unless of course he wants another 3 years.

March 10, 2012  09:15 AM ET

If I was a Yankee fan - and I'm not - it would be Cano for me. Granderson is good, but can be replaced for less money.

Very interesting how the non-cap cap is working. Again... I'm not a Yankee fan. But I am a capitalist at heart and don't like that a man can't get what the market will bear for exceptional services. This socialist sheet just isn't right.

March 10, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Anybody know what the WAR stats are on these two guys? I'm trying to factor in their defensive sides.

March 10, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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Cano..... He's younger..................

you sure about that....are you sure his name is even Robinson Cano....only the Dominican Republic knows for sure who he is.....

Oh and Granderson is only 1 1/2 years older....but then again we really can't be sure about Cano's date of birth.....

March 10, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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please.....NY will not let any 'in their prime' player simply walk

Don't be too sure about that. Cano isn't going to come cheap with Boras as his agent. It ends up coming down to how many 20 million dollar players can a team afford and still stay under the 189 limit. Right now they have 3 players worth around 70 million a year. Can the Yankees really afford to have 5 players take up close to 100 million?

March 10, 2012  10:09 AM ET
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Jeter's contract will be up by then, so that should free up $15M. Unless of course he wants another 3 years.

No way the boss' kids will break up the Empire by letting Cano or Curtis walk. Jete's got 3 years left so I think we will focus on starting pitcher and get a reliever to slide in place when Riveria retires. Looks like the interns have jumped the gun to stir up the NYY pot of gold.

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March 10, 2012  10:59 AM ET

Since when have the Yankees let money stand in the way of keeping players?

March 10, 2012  11:20 AM ET
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Jeter's contract will be up by then, so that should free up $15M. Unless of course he wants another 3 years.

Add in $10 million going to kuroda this year and Swisher at $10 million and Martin gone as they use one of their minor league prospects catching.
No, dumb story. If they can keep Cano and Granderson then they will. but it will not be about money if they leave.

March 10, 2012  11:22 AM ET
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FanGraphs ranks Cano below Pedroia overall because his defensive skills are not as good.

And every GM in MLB would take Cano over Pedroia if they could have either of them. Big man beats little man every time.

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March 10, 2012  11:28 AM ET
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FanGraphs ranks Cano below Pedroia overall because his defensive skills are not as good.

Prior to the 2011 season which only raised Cano's status. No comparison really, Pedroia is in that next group with kinsler and Utley. Nothing wrong with that, just not the same class.

career .309 hitter with 116 homers, 503 RBI and 509 runs. He's won two Silver Slugger Awards (2006, 2010) and won his first Gold Glove last year.

March 10, 2012  11:31 AM ET

Why are we even talking about this TWO YEARS ahead of the fact? Alot can happen in 2 seasons. But the supposition is a nice way to mess with their heads. Way to go, Daily News. (rolls eyes)

March 10, 2012  11:39 AM ET

cano should be the first one to be sign up to a long term contract, granderson can be signed after the yanks ink cano, anyways the yankees had said that their payroll limit will kick in untill the end of 2014 season!!!!

March 10, 2012  11:40 AM ET
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Jeter's contract will be up by then, so that should free up $15M. Unless of course he wants another 3 years.

jeter would be done when his contract its done!!

 
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