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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WHAT TO DO ABOUT ROBINSON CANO

Robinson Cano and his talks with the Yankees have turned into his chase for a ten-year contract at top of the market dollars. Read HERE, right off the heals of a terrible postseason.  How's that gonna go?
I like Robinson Cano. Admittedly, he's currently my favorite player on the team. But his postseason performance left a lot to be desired. He hit a whopping .075 with a .098 OBP. It was a stark difference from his regular season performance of hitting .313 with a .379 OBP.

There is no doubt that Scott Boras, Cano’s agent, will chase an Alex Rodriguez like contract for him. The question is, will the Yankees buy into it? In 2008, with Boras as his agent, ARod signed a ten-year, $275M contract with the Yankees. Since signing that contract, he was most productive for the Yankees in the 2009 postseason. That alone should cause the Yankees organization to really stop and think about this. Do they really want to spend that much money on superstar, again or will Robinson Cano be different?
I like the idea of Cano staying in pinstripes. He is a homegrown player, and it is always nice when a player plays their entire career with the same team, Derek Jeter is a perfect example of that.  I realize that this is a business and that isn’t always possible though. In this case, I really think that Cano should make staying with the Yankees his priority. The truth is, aside from his postseason performance, Cano is one of the best hitters in the league and one of the best second basemen too. The Yankees will want to bring him back.

My guess is that Cano and Boras will have to lower the asking price if they intend to keep him in pinstripes. It’s like the old adage “Fool me once, shame on you.” I do not think that the Yankees, who have been adamant about lowering their budget, will buy into yet another hefty contract. There are too many factors to consider. The biggest is whether or not Cano will turn into another ARod situation.



--Erica Morales, BYB Writer
Twitter: @e_morales1804



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