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Yanks' deal with Infante falling apart

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07:38 AM ET 12.13 | Yes, there is a budget in the Bronx. The Yankees and free-agent second baseman Omar Infante are separated by approximately $16 million and one year, a gap that a source with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com was "too far apart" to make a deal likely at this time. According to the source, the Yankees have offered a three-year contract worth $24 million for the soon-to-be 32-year-old Infante, who hit .318 with 10 home runs and 51 RBIs and had a .345 OBP for the Detroit Tigers last season. Infante is said to be seeking a four-year deal for $40 million. The source said the Yankees' offer would stand but in the meantime, the club would explore the possibility of a deal for Stephen Drew, who batted .253 with 13 HRs, 67 RBIs and a .333 OBP with [Boston in 2013].

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December 13, 2013  08:01 AM ET

Poor Robinson Cano, the only reason he had to go to Seattle is that the Yankees didn't show him respect. It wasn't about the money. bwahahaha. Why do these guys think that story sells?

December 13, 2013  08:03 AM ET

I hope this guy signs with NYY.

December 13, 2013  08:07 AM ET
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Poor Robinson Cano, the only reason he had to go to Seattle is that the Yankees didn't show him respect. It wasn't about the money. bwahahaha. Why do these guys think that story sells?

I know....basically he was offered the same pay per season (25 million) by both teams. We "only" offered 7 years so I guess that stacks up as disrespect in Robby's mind. I hope he continues to play great ball as he always has. No disrespect to Robby but the Yankees, as is the case with any team, have to do what's in their own best interests. 10 years was not desirable.

December 13, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Since Drew is Younger, it might make sense to give him more years with less per!

December 13, 2013  08:42 AM ET

They will probably go after Drew now. Hate to have him leave the Sox but the money that the Yanks will offer him will be too hard to resist.

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December 13, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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They will probably go after Drew now. Hate to have him leave the Sox but the money that the Yanks will offer him will be too hard to resist.

The way the Yankees are signing FA's they don't need draft picks.

December 13, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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To be fair.We gave a 1/2 broke ellsbury basically 2 mil less per year at 7And cano is a better player .....and home grownSo I really can see where there is some 'disrespect' there.....in Canos eyesGranted, I'm with you....10 years is way too long.But I can see why he would feel like he was being treated like a second class citizen (relatively speaking....obviously....I mean we are talking monopoly money)

I agree, I f I was Cano and had just seen what they gave Ellsbury, compared to what they offered me I'd be a little pissed as well.

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December 13, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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The way the Yankees are signing FA's they don't need draft picks.

That's a good thing, because they're not gonna have any.

December 13, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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To be fair.We gave a 1/2 broke ellsbury basically 2 mil less per year at 7And cano is a better player .....and home grownSo I really can see where there is some 'disrespect' there.....in Canos eyesGranted, I'm with you....10 years is way too long.But I can see why he would feel like he was being treated like a second class citizen (relatively speaking....obviously....I mean we are talking monopoly money)

Looking at that fact I guess it could be taken that way. I think maybe too Cano's agent came out with such a ridiculous initial offer that the Yankees dug their heels in and wouldn't budge because they knew they couldn't offer Robby anything close to that initial offer. For what it's worth, I think there are plenty of Yankee fans that know how good Cano is. All water under the bridge now.

December 13, 2013  09:01 AM ET

Does anyone really believe the Ellsbury signing changed Robinson Cano's mind about anything? He signed the biggest agents because he wanted the biggest contract. I respect players far more when they just own up to looking for the biggest contract.

December 13, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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Does anyone really believe the Ellsbury signing changed Robinson Cano's mind about anything? He signed the biggest agents because he wanted the biggest contract. I respect players far more when they just own up to looking for the biggest contract.

I still believe the Yankees still could have had him for 8 years 200M. They fact that according to reports they never budged from 170 is a little hard to believe.

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December 13, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Even if you are upset over the size of an offer, it's still all about the money. Stop saying it's not about the money. It's all about the money.

December 13, 2013  09:12 AM ET

Friday the 13th....

December 13, 2013  09:12 AM ET

With Infante, the Yankees realize that they are bidding against themselves.

December 13, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Oh well, if he doesn't want to play for the Yankees he can go play for the Royals. Have fun with that.

 
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