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Report: Robinson Cano, Yankees far apart in contract talks

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09:34 AM ET 06.22 | For those who figured that once Yankee-loving New York icon Jay-Z became one of Robinson Cano's agents the contract negotiations with the Yankees were going to go swimmingly, smoothly, and most of all quickly. Well, well, think again. There's been some suggestion that Cano's people and the Yankees might pick up official contract talks sometime after the All-Star break, but it's clear they are nowhere near a deal at this point. They may well talk, but it remains uncertain whether they have anything to talk about -- making free agency a very likely outcome for the Yankees' star second baseman at this point. That doesn't mean he won't end up with the Yankees -- word from other players is that the Yankees remain by far and away Cano's preference, no surprise -- it just means there's a very good chance he won't have a new deal with anyone until at least November or perhaps later. While Cano isn't speaking abut contract talks publicly, he is said to have suggested to some friends that he'd like somewhere in the neighborhood of $275 million -- yes, the very same as the famed Alex Rodriguez Yankees contract. The Yankees aren't believed to be anywhere near that neighborhood and, in fact, at one point suggested something a lot closer to the neighborhood of a different New York infielder, David Wright, who signed his $138 million, eight-year Mets contract last winter with a year to go before free agency.

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June 22, 2013  09:51 AM ET

6 years, $150 mil or let him walk. Let the Dodgers can pay Cano until he's 40 if they want.

June 22, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

6 years, $150 mil or let him walk. Let the Dodgers can pay Cano until he's 40 if they want.

Agree. Better to sign two $15 million players than one guy for $30 mil. As good as he is at times, he is not so good that you meet his demands. Still a lousy hitter vs. LH pitching, .230 last year around .200 this year, and the Yankees see a lot of LH pitching.

June 22, 2013  10:16 AM ET

I thought the Yankees didn't negotiate contracts with potential free agents during the season?

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June 22, 2013  10:41 AM ET

The Yankees would be foolish to give anyone that kind of money again. Also, weren't there whispers Cano was linked to the Biogenesis thing in Florida?

June 22, 2013  10:42 AM ET

He is the third best second baseman in the AL so far this year. He is still undisciplined at the plate after all these years. Ya don't need to throw a strike to get him out....

June 22, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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Sad thing is, the Dodgers will probably offer an 11-year, $280 million contract...

Only sad if you're a Dodger or Yankee fan.

June 22, 2013  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Only sad if you're a Dodger or Yankee fan.

COMICAL if you're not

June 22, 2013  11:13 AM ET

I think The Yankees have learned their lesson, every time they look at the Rays is reminder of keeping or signing bad contracts, the Rays don't do it!!!

June 22, 2013  11:18 AM ET
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I think The Yankees have learned their lesson, every time they look at the Rays is reminder of keeping or signing bad contracts, the Rays don't do it!!!

You want to know another thing the Rays don't do? They don't win the way the Yankees do.

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June 22, 2013  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

You want to know another thing the Rays don't do? They don't win the way the Yankees do.

<nods>

June 22, 2013  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

6 years, $150 mil or let him walk. Let the Dodgers can pay Cano until he's 40 if they want.

Yup... more than fair.


Let Arte Moreno throw some more dumb money around.

June 22, 2013  12:47 PM ET

This little piggy whent to market.

June 22, 2013  12:50 PM ET

*went

June 22, 2013  01:15 PM ET

Cano is going to regret signing w/ Jigga.

June 22, 2013  02:01 PM ET

Put him in a bigger ball park and his HR stats will plummet!

June 22, 2013  02:04 PM ET

Interesting how the Yankees have changed; George is spinning in his grave!

June 22, 2013  11:27 PM ET

The LA teams have found out the hard way. Going out and signing" Stars" to big long term contracts have had little return on their investment. The Dodgers are lounging in cellar. The Angels are struggling to stay ahead of the much improved Astros. Cano may have to bite bullet and accept a smaller contract than Cano was expecting. Not many teams willing to shell out cash for more than 4 or 5 years, except maybe Philly to replace Utley at second base. Again I don't see Philly offering more than 4 or 5 years For120mil.

 
June 22, 2013  11:46 PM ET

Five years at whatever the going rate. If not, let him walk. He won't make the Yankees winners all by himself.

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