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Report: Robinson Cano wants to be Yankee -- if he gets paid

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11:16 AM ET 11.16 | So far, free agency hasn't brought anything resembling a bidding war for Robinson Cano, and the apparent lack of suitors can't be the scenario the Yankee second baseman was hoping for. Yet on Friday a person close to him insisted that Cano is unfazed by the slow start and has been preparing all along for the possibility that it will take months for the process to play out and get him the mega-deal he wants with the Yankees or some other team. "He's ready for this to go past Christmas, into January if necessary," the person said. "He's been told all along that it could take time for a market to develop for him, and he's fine with that." If that's true, don't expect Cano to panic and sign what he would consider a below-market contract with the Yankees just because no team has come forward yet to show interest in paying him the $200 million-$300 million he wants in a deal of seven or more years. "He wants his money, that's the bottom line," the person close to the situation said. "He wants to be a Yankee, but only if he gets the money he wants."

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November 16, 2013  12:11 PM ET

The Yankees will make a very fair offer. If that is not enough, then I hope they stick to it regardless. Expectations just are not that high next year. We get it, but we also get that in 2015 salary commitments are only $68 million.

November 16, 2013  12:41 PM ET

Can hardly wait for the Boras media statement that "teams are lining up to bid for him"!

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November 16, 2013  02:27 PM ET

Has Cano actually said anything himself about any of this? All I read is media speculation, or in this case, something from an unnamed person allegedly "close to him".

November 16, 2013  03:24 PM ET
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Can hardly wait for the Boras media statement that "teams are lining up to bid for him"!

He's not with boras, he's with jay-z, and his team now.

November 16, 2013  03:26 PM ET

I love cano, but he is not worth $200+ and anything even over 5 years. It's ridiculous what teams pay these guys who are past their prime. Tampa is the smartest organization. Locking in young players early is the way to go.

November 16, 2013  05:05 PM ET
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"He wants his money, that's the bottom line," 'nuff said

and now his market value got a stumble why? because the higher and bigger spender the dodgers WILL NOT sign him at all,

November 16, 2013  05:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I love cano, but he is not worth $200+ and anything even over 5 years. It's ridiculous what teams pay these guys who are past their prime. Tampa is the smartest organization. Locking in young players early is the way to go.

Cano should sign a three years deal w/yankees for 20 millions per season, he is no longer a young guy and injuries are about to show up in his way,pujols its the biggest example but its not his fault,
the fault falls on dipoto and the angels,,,,

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November 16, 2013  05:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's not with boras, he's with jay-z, and his team now.

and as far as things are,his new agent its more greedy than boras,,, because we all know Cano its not worthed 300 millions neither 200 millions,3 years 60 millions its the right price,,,

November 16, 2013  05:15 PM ET
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Dodgers are playing possum.. they could use Cano at 2nd and move Hanley Ramirez to 3rd and let the new young Cuban play SS

tough luck for cano,the dodgers got their new 2nd basemen in the rookie cuban and for much less money plus he is young and talented,ofcourse he will need to proved otherwise,,,

November 16, 2013  06:29 PM ET

The Yankees should not bid against themselves, if someone else signs him and they don't win, he be returned to the Yankees slightly used and for less money!

November 16, 2013  08:13 PM ET
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Dodgers are playing possum.. they could use Cano at 2nd and move Hanley Ramirez to 3rd and let the new young Cuban play SS

i dunno about that. They got burnt with Beckett and crawford. They've seen first hand the hell the cross town Angels are in with big/long term contracts. It will take years to recover for the angels. (and the Yanks with Arod).

If this was Trout, i could see them going full bore after him. But Cano is not that 'special' type of player. Good, yes. But his not a marketable force like a Jeter or one of the big power hitters..

November 16, 2013  08:21 PM ET
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He's not with boras, he's with jay-z, and his team now.

How'd I miss that!

November 16, 2013  08:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I love cano, but he is not worth $200+ and anything even over 5 years. It's ridiculous what teams pay these guys who are past their prime. Tampa is the smartest organization. Locking in young players early is the way to go.

Good initial strategy, but unless they are able to follow up with contract extensions they lose the talent.
How many WS has Tampa won lately? Got to have the money to sign the home-grown talent to extended contracts!

November 16, 2013  09:06 PM ET
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"He wants his money, that's the bottom line," 'nuff said

Don't know where he's going to get it from.

November 16, 2013  10:08 PM ET

He's around the wrong side of 30 to over pay ala Tex and A-Roid....

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November 16, 2013  11:38 PM ET

Can't blame him for wantingto cash in!!!

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