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Report: Robinson Cano 'technically' never asked Yankees for $300M

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08:24 AM ET 11.30 | Robinson Cano technically wasn't lying Thursday when he told a Dominican Republic newspaper he never asked the Yankees for $300 million or more. However, according to a person familiar with the situation that could become toxic, Cano's representatives, led by neophyte agent Jay Z, opened negotiations during the season with a 10-year request for $310 million. It was an offer quickly rejected by the Yankees, who are the prohibitive favorite to sign the premier free agent. The Yankees countered the $310 million offer with a seven-year pact in the $168 range. They might be willing to extend a year and the dollars but are not going to pay the 31-year-old five-time All-Star $31 million a year.

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November 30, 2013  09:48 AM ET

Well of course He did not put that number out there. His agents did.

November 30, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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Well of course He did not put that number out there. His agents did.

And when reported this summer NO ONE ever refuted it.

November 30, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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cash....NO ONE ELSE IS BIDDING MOREdon't bid against yourself-24 ml per for 7 years is more than enough for a guy that is not going to have those next 7 years as productive as the previous 7not ONE mega contract (7+ year or more) on a 30+ year old has worked outdon't be stupid.

Just give him the number and years you have decided are right. Put in a timeline and then move on.

November 30, 2013  09:53 AM ET

Uh oh, the player's not in synch with his agent. Rarely does that work out for the player or the agent.

November 30, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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Well of course He did not put that number out there. His agents did.

Jay Z should stick to rap.

November 30, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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Jay Z should stick to rap.

Yep. He totally overplayed his hand here. If he had just stuck to negotiating with the team and came out of it with an 8 year, $200MM contract, he could position it as a major win. Now, if he ends up with the same contract, it will look like he lost out.

November 30, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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Jay Z should stick to rap.

At some point in time, the novelty of being one of Jay Z's clients will probably wear off, but it won't be until it becomes crystal clear that he's losing money for his clients.

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November 30, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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yup- cano is a great player- but he's not 200 mil great

Agree 100%. Especially for someone that rarely hustles. He can be very complacent in the field. I've never seen him run hard to 1st on grounders. He frequently stares at long flies before deciding to run hard - meaning he turns more triples into doubles and more doubles into singles than anyone in MLB.

He's a very good player but because of the issues above not a great player. Certainly not worth $200MM

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November 30, 2013  11:51 AM ET
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cash....NO ONE ELSE IS BIDDING MOREdon't bid against yourself-24 ml per for 7 years is more than enough for a guy that is not going to have those next 7 years as productive as the previous 7not ONE mega contract (7+ year or more) on a 30+ year old has worked outdon't be stupid.

cash.........

DO NOT LISTEN TO jgb..........you need to sign him, and fast.... 10 years @ 300M.

November 30, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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Agree 100%. Especially for someone that rarely hustles. He can be very complacent in the field. I've never seen him run hard to 1st on grounders. He frequently stares at long flies before deciding to run hard - meaning he turns more triples into doubles and more doubles into singles than anyone in MLB. He's a very good player but because of the issues above not a great player. Certainly not worth $200MM

Here is the thing as I see it. I would rather sign two $15 million everyday players, or three $10 million guys for a few years than one $30 million a year guy. It makes for a better team.

November 30, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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cash.........DO NOT LISTEN TO jgb..........you need to sign him, and fast.... 10 years @ 300M.

It will be Hals call in the end....He would be the one to break and give in, not Cashman.

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November 30, 2013  12:11 PM ET
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I don't think a $200M contract would look like a failure.

It absolutely wouldn't be if he (or more specifically, his team) hadn't said they were looking for $300MM.

 
November 30, 2013  01:27 PM ET

Too much drama; JayZ may look inexperienced and arrogant before this is all over!

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