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Cashman: Cano's dictating 'the dance'

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07:26 AM ET 11.12 | What is the role of the music mogul when it comes to the future of the baseball star? Jay Z has been a part of the player representation universe since April, but only now is he really arriving on the scene -- even as he isn't literally on the scene. Robinson Cano became a free agent in full Monday as he predictably rejected the Yankees' one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer, and his representative, Brodie Van Wagenen, is here at the meetings to sell teams on the market's top free agent. ... [Yankees GM] Brian Cashman expressed patience about the Cano/Jay Z/Van Wagenen expedition. "You earn the right to be a free agent. He's a premier player," Cashman said of Cano. "Given that status that he carries, those types of players dictate the dance steps. We'll do the dance as long as we can, but at some point, you can't do that forever."

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November 12, 2013  07:40 AM ET

I hope the Yankees learned a lesson about giving a 10 year contract to a 30+ year old player.

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November 12, 2013  07:52 AM ET

I can see Brandon Phillips in pin stripes in a trade with the Reds.

November 12, 2013  08:17 AM ET
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I can see Brandon Phillips in pin stripes in a trade with the Reds.

Phillips would be cost controlled for 4 years and is not terribly expensive, but he's not especially good, either. He's turning 33 next season and his value at the end of those 4 years is highly questionable. He's also a righty and New Yank is a tough park for them. The good thing is the Reds just seem to want to be rid of him and probably wouldn't ask for much of anything in return.
He would give the Yanks a "name" player who would probably help them stay under their luxury tax reset threshold, but they don't like guys who pop off like he does.

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November 12, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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They are not letting Cano walk, and they are not worried about the reset.

My opinion is they are very worried about the reset, but that doesn't mean they can't resign Cano. Missing the reset makes it extremely expensive for them to sign guys like Cano (or better) in the future. They should be able to keep Cano if they pack the team with inexpensive filler for '14 and suffer through another bad season, then they can gun for NJ native Mike Trout a few years down the road.

November 12, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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I hope the Yankees learned a lesson about giving a 10 year contract to a 30+ year old player.

But, this thought makes me wonder how much they want Cano back. He's already a bit lazy and is not really a fan favorite...not that he hasn't been excellent.

November 12, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Of course, the Yanks aren't going to come out and say "We've GOT to hit that reset!!!"
They'll make lots of noise about how hard they tried for Cano, McCann, Ells, and everybody else and just happened to end up at $188million.

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November 12, 2013  09:21 AM ET

The Yanks are bidding against themselves, they will sign him with a 7 year deal!

November 12, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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Do you have any idea how much of a financial advantage the Yankees have over the rest of baseball? That $20M a year in luxury tax doesn't mean crap to them.

It's obviously not a fixed amount, it's paying a penalty of 50% of their payroll over the cap compared to 17.5% with the reset. If Mike Trout stays healthy and hits the market when he's 25ish (you know Landis wants to take him to free agency) and still playing incredibly well, he's the kind of guy you could see signing for 10 years...say he signs for $35million per season over that term and we consider it all over the cap, the Yanks pay over $110million extra in tax over the course of that deal. Just for one guy!
No business worth its salt is going to ignore money like that, especially if they're considering selling like I think the Steinbrothers are. Plus, the FA market is weak this season and there isn't that much of top quality available.

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