07:09 AM ET 07.18 | One side effect of Robinson Cano leaving the All-Star Game early may have been reporters not dwelling on his pending free agency. The Yankees remain overwhelming favorites to keep Cano, but it's looking increasingly likely that he will hit the open market; he does not have a contract extension and at this point does not appear close to signing one. ... At this point, Cano might as well test the market, if only to leverage the Yankees. And who knows? Another club might tempt him with a monster offer. Indeed, a number of teams with potential openings at second base could jump into the sweepstakes for Cano, who will turn 31 on Oct. 22. The LA Dodgers are an obvious alternative. The Chicago Cubs could make Cano the centerpiece of their rebuilding program.