Robinson Cano is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $305-million contract from the Yankees.
Robinson Cano plays second base and turns 31 in October. He’s also, apparently, delusional.
“He wants around $30 million a year,” MLB Network analyst Greg Amsinger said on The MoJo Show. “Guys that are entering free agency, they don’t want to be left out of the 30-million-a-year sweepstakes. So if they’re going to sign a long-term deal, the only way they’re going to do that is if there’s a three in front of it, and Robby Cano wants 10 (years) for $300 (million). To me, that was his way of saying, ‘I don’t want to come back to the Yankees anyway.’ Because that is just such a crazy number for his age. To think that there’s going to be a second baseman pushing 40. . . I know Jeter’s doing it at short, but as much as we love Robby Cano – he’s got more damage numbers than Derek Jeter – he’s not Derek Jeter, nor will he ever be Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter does everything the right way.”
Cano, a career .309 hitter, is batting .313 with 27 home runs and 106 RBIs this year. He’s never led the league in any major statistical category, but he has hit above .300 in seven of his nine seasons and has accounted for 60 home runs and 200 RBIs over the last two years.
Still, his personality leaves a bit to be desired.
“He’s not a lazy player,” Amsinger said. “It’s the culture he grew up in.”
According to Amsinger, the Dominican Republic won the World Baseball Classic not by grinding out at-bats and going first to third on singles up the middle, but by being far and away the most talented team in the showcase.
Put another way, Cano is a pretty carefree guy.
“That ruffles feathers,” Amsinger.
Amsinger does not believe the Yankees will give Cano what he wants, “but there is a club out there that I do believe will – or come close to it. And even though they say they’re not interested, I think the Dodgers will be the landing spot for Robinson Cano.”
But 10 years is a long time. Deals that long almost always benefit the player – think Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols – more than the franchise.
“I’ve got to believe (teams are) learning their lesson, but at the end of the day, if you’re the Yankees and you want to keep Robinson Cano, you’re worried that there’s a club out there dumb enough to give him (a 10-year deal),” Amsinger said. “That’s what you’re up against. That’s the leverage there. Do you want six good years of Robinson Cano? If so, you may have to pay for three bad. That’s just the reality in which we live now.”
But even if the Yankees re-sign him, do they have enough pieces around Cano to win a World Series? Amsinger doesn’t think so.
“He’ll be the face of the Yankees,” Amsinger said, “but he’s not going to be the face of a winner – and that may factor in his decision-making.”