Robinson Cano is looking for Alex Rodriguez money as he begins the process of either negotiating a new contract with the New York Yankees or becoming a free agent.
The second baseman has asked for $305 million over 10 years in initial talks with the Yankees, according to an ESPN report. If that’s too rich for the Yankees, Cano would likely follow Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte out the door, with tonight’s game his last in pinstripes in Yankee Stadium.
“Who knows what’s going to happen?” Cano said Wednesday (via the New York Daily News). “But I always play this game like it’s the last day. This year, I enjoyed being here and I’m going to enjoy the last day, being here with these guys.
“Nobody said I’m leaving, nobody said that I’m staying. I haven’t decided anything yet. Let’s see what happens after the World Series.”
A-Rod has a contract worth $275 million, closer to $300 million with incentives, and the Yankees are skittish about another wallet-busting deal. Cano, who turns 31 next month, has .309 career batting average, with 204 home runs and 821 RBI.
A $300 million deal isn’t as ludicrous as it might sound. He dumped Scott Boras and became the first sports client of Jay Z’s Roc Nation (which works with CAA Sports). Only a month ago The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore wrote about the possibility of a 12-year deal that would top $300 million for young players like the Nationals’ Bryce Harper.