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07:09 AM ET 08.15 | When it comes to Robinson Cano, the "Yankee for life" narrative has shown at least some signs of leaking. The Yankees still must be considered the favorites to sign Cano, but the dynamics have shifted considerably since February. ... [Jay-Z] could be another complicating factor. Jay-Z once rapped, "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man." Roc Nation Sports is one of his newer ventures; Cano is his first client, and a rather high-profile one at that. Some rival agents believe Jay-Z wants to make a statement with Cano's next contract. Said one agent: "My opinion is that (Jay-Z) is very concerned with making a public display of self-promotion. So one would think that a show is coming at the player's expense designed to play the Dodgers and Yankees against each other."

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August 15, 2013  08:36 AM ET
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I think the vast majority of yankee fans would love to retain himbut at a manageable rate.the days of the 8+ year mega deal for 30+ year olds is over6 for 130-150 is MAX and very fairotherwise hit the damn road

And there you have it all. His choice. The offer will be very fair..

August 15, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Cano will not be a Dodger next year .. Ownership has made it clear Kershaw is priority number one... Wasting money on Cano makes no sense , Good ball player but I can guarantee He will not put up even close to the numbers changing from little league ball park Yankee stadium to Dodgers stadium. Extend Kershaw and add another solid pitcher so We can dump Capuano which is the only weak link in the rotation.

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August 15, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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He is going to leave NY, and he will regret it.e.g., Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton

Neither Pujols nor Hamilton ever played in New York.

August 15, 2013  09:17 AM ET

So you're telling me, an agent wants to get publicity from getting his client a huge contract? No way! Adios Cano. NY isn't going to pay what LAD will.

August 15, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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I think the vast majority of yankee fans would love to retain himbut at a manageable rate.the days of the 8+ year mega deal for 30+ year olds is over6 for 130-150 is MAX and very fairotherwise hit the damn road

He's gonna get more than that, and I hope you're right and the Yankees let him walk (although I don't think you are).

I would LOVE to see the reaction of Yankees fans after losing their best player over the last five years to free agency. I'm guessing it be a lot of the jilted lover bit - "we didn't want him anyway." I'd also love to see their 2014 lineup sans Cano - talk about pathetic.

August 15, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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I think the vast majority of yankee fans would love to retain himbut at a manageable rate.the days of the 8+ year mega deal for 30+ year olds is over6 for 130-150 is MAX and very fairotherwise hit the damn road

Also, I'm not sure how you come up with the notion that $23/yr is "fair."

Further, I'm not sure what fair has to do with it.

August 15, 2013  09:23 AM ET

I for one would love to see him traded at the deadline for a boatload of projects. This organization is in complete rebuild (although the Yankees do this while carrying a 190 million dollar payroll).

Outfield is ancient, pitching needs youthful injection. Jeter is on his last God-given legs. A-Fraud is well, A-Fraud. Texeira is a walking array of injuries.

Get a handful of top-tier prospects and wait until all the Wells, Suzukis, Grandersons are gone, then build up using a core like '96 all over again.

They don't need Cano to sell jerseys. Pull the trigger.

August 15, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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Smell my finger.

August 15, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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Jeter is on his last PED-given legs.

hehe.

August 15, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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Cano will not be a Dodger next year .. Ownership has made it clear Kershaw is priority number one...

So, you're implying that a team can only sign one contract a year?

It's absolutely possible that the Dodgers pursue Cano despite Kershaw being their #1 priority.

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August 15, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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I for one would love to see him traded at the deadline for a boatload of projects. This organization is in complete rebuild (although the Yankees do this while carrying a 190 million dollar payroll). Outfield is ancient, pitching needs youthful injection. Jeter is on his last God-given legs. A-Fraud is well, A-Fraud. Texeira is a walking array of injuries. Get a handful of top-tier prospects and wait until all the Wells, Suzukis, Grandersons are gone, then build up using a core like '96 all over again.They don't need Cano to sell jerseys. Pull the trigger.

The trade deadline has already passed. Absent re-signing Cano, the best the Yanks can hope for is a draft pick. They will make a one year qualifying offer to Cano which he will reject which will give the Yanks a draft pick at the end of the first round.

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August 15, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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So, you're implying that a team can only sign one contract a year?It's absolutely possible that the Dodgers pursue Cano despite Kershaw being their #1 priority.

Especially if the Dodgers come close to but do not make the World Series.

August 15, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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not sure what you mean....are you saying that that # is low balling him or overpaying?IMO- I'd overpay per year for a shorter contract

I think he means that fair does not necessary mean fair market value.

August 15, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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as I said- I think most of us do want him to stay-but I really feel that most of us realize that simply lumping the most $ we can on players doesn't work anymore. and though we'll be a little put off, if he walks for a few $ more I personally will understand that

Yeah. There's a difference between "lumping the most $" on another team's free agent and keeping your own players.

I hope you get the opportunity to experience it.

 
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