It is assumed that Cano will be the future face of the franchise since Derek Jeter is about to turn 39 years old in a few weeks and a season or two from retiring.
If you are a big star in you’re prime with pending free agency looming and you want the dollars, super agent Scott Boras is your man.
So it was not surprising when Cano signed on Scott Boras last season, but the Yankees sure couldn’t of been happy about it.
Boras squeezes every dollar out of a team for his clients, so when Cano dropped him for New York local and rap star mogul Jay Z a month ago everyone felt a sense of relief.
Jay Z is a lifelong Yankees fan and a staple at games.
Cano’s sudden switch to Jay Z’s new agency sent an unofficial message that he was here to stay and certainly for a more reasonable price.
I mean Jay Z would never allow his favorite team’s best player sign elsewhere, right?
Well, it seems that Cano might have left Boras as a client, but still has his mentality.
Rumor has it that Cano is looking for a contract similar to his teammate, Alex Rodriguez.
A-Rod inked a 10-year, and $275 million deal back in 2008, which the Yankees are regretting doing but are handcuffed too.
No doubt A-Rod proved vital to the Yankees, as without him there would be no 2009 World Series Championship trophy in the Bronx.
That is why it is so outrageous for Cano to be asking for that amount of money and years.
Reality is Cano is not valuable enough for the Yankees to hand him a monster contract like they did with A-Rod.
Also, Cano’s career numbers are not as good as A-Rod’s were back when the Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner agreed to the deal.
This season Cano’s monthly batting splits are not pretty.
Month AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG OPS TB
April 107 18 35 8 0 7 17 9 17 1 0.327 0.379 0.598 0.977 64
May 109 10 28 3 0 7 19 9 20 1 0.257 0.319 0.477 0.796 52
June 68 13 16 4 0 2 8 14 9 3 0.235 0.372 0.382 0.754 26
No doubt that Cano hasn’t had the protection in the batting order due to all the injured Yankees this season.
But as you can see so far, Cano is not helping his own cause after a terrible 2012 post season and the month-long slump he is currently in.
Look if there is any truth behind these demand rumors, Cano is supplementing the Yankee brass with the upper hand.
The bottom line is Cano needs to start taking charge of this Yankees team now, as the leader of this team.
Simple, the Yankees need Cano more than ever but not like this.
As NBA great Larry Bird once said:
“Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.”