As it was just reported that Robbie’s father, Jose Cano told the New York Daily News, “The Yankees don’t seem to want him.”
Papa Cano’s comment came around the same time that news of the Seattle Mariners making Robbie a 9-year, $225 million offer was broken via CBS Sports Jon Heyman. Cano was flown out privately by the Mariners earlier today so he could meet with ownership in Seattle, and be given the offer.
ESPNDeportes.com’s Enrique Rojas conveyed that the Mariners are willing to go as high as 10-years at $230-240 million to get Cano to leave New York.
So why do I think the Yankees are pulling a fast one here?
1) Dropping subtle hints all off-season that their offer might not be enough for Cano. Owner Hal Steinbrenner and GM Brian Cashman have played the martyr card making it out like Cano has no loyalty and it is all about the Benjamins.
2) Priorities…Remember back in 2011 when the Yankees went after Cliff Lee? Cashman flew to Lee twice and to make sure the Yankees offer was more than any other team. And the Yankees made no secret about it. If recent history dictates anything about the Yankees it that if they want a player that badly, everyone would know it.
3) The Yankees are willing to pay Jacoby Ellsbury $153 million over seven seasons, with a $16 million eighth year option. The supposed offer made to Cano was for seven years at somewhere between $165-$170 million. Think about Ellsbury vs. Cano. Enough said. The Yankees are almost begging for Cano to turn them down.
4) When I thought about it obtaining Ellsbury instead of Curtis Granderson frees up Brett Gardner to be traded. Gardner took over for Granderson as the Yankees starting center fielder, so in order to use Gardner to get a pitcher they needed Ellsbury to fill that void. The Yankees could have had Granderson for four-years at $60 million, which is a heck of a lot cheaper than Ellsbury’s absurd price tag.
As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words.
The Yankees words aren’t being supported with actions because fact is what the Yankees want, the Yankees do everything to get.
The front office knows the backlash that would ensue by admitting that Cano was not a priority but money talks.
Ellsbury’s deal verifies that the Yankees are lowballing Cano, and that is suspect.
I had a feeling that Hal was up to something because people don’t change that fast even if their father, the Boss is turning in his grave.
The bottom line here is a player with Cano’s talent will get paid $200 million by somebody. In MLB, second base is a premium position, and fact is Cano is the best second baseman in the game.
And Hal and Cashman know this but what I am wondering is how they will spin losing their superstar, homegrown second baseman to the Yankees fan base.
“You want to get Capone? Here’s how you get him: he pulls a knife, you pull a gun, he sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. It’s the Chicago way, and that’s how you get Capone.”- Film director David Mamet.
Oh and here is a little bonus fact about the Yankees and keeping payroll below $189 million via twitter:
The #Yankees have $37 million left to spend before they hit $189 million. Good luck.
— Rich (@RAKcity27) December 4, 2013
And that $37 million does not include A-Rod’s $25 million salary…oh *&^#(&$^!!