Cano asks Yankees to dig deep in their pockets for new contract
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 12:09
When the New York Yankees’ playoff hopes fizzled for the second time in 19 years, free-agent-to-be Robinson Cano deemed it appropriate to request Yankees ownership to empty their pockets.
SportsCenter confirmed Thursday the All-Star second baseman has requested a 10-year contract that will total $305 million.
If the Yankees accept the contract, it will replace Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million contract as the highest-paid player in baseball history. Rodriguez was signed by the Yankees in 2004 when they inherited the deal through 2017. A-Rod also holds the second highest contract in MLB history ($252 million from 2001-2010.)
Cano is a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top six in American League MVP voting the past three seasons. BleacherReport reporter Mike Chiari wrote Cano is the best second baseman in the MLB, ahead of Red Sox infielder Dustin Pedroia.
Throughout the 2013 season, Cano tallied a .315 batting average with 27 homeruns to single handedly keep the Yankees afloat and relevant in the AL East. Currently the Yankees have been battling an aging roster with injury prone veterans.
The Yankees may not be willing to commit to the 30-year-old player for another decade with the issues prevalent with Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriquez and A-Rod.
“They have to decide what is the best for them, and I have to decide what is best for me and my family. I'm just waiting for the day," Cano said.