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Robinson Cano could pull off the rarest of feats: Becoming too expensive for the New York Yankees.
Cano is going to be a free agent at the end of the 2013 season, and it's going to cost a ton of money for the Yankees to keep him. Joel Sherman of the New York Post has set the parameters of a new contract for Cano at 10 years and $200 million, and the Yankees already have a deal like that on their payroll (and it's not going so well).
“I don’t think he’ll be with the Yankees beyond next season,” a source told the New York Daily News recently. “He’s not giving them a hometown discount, and they seem to be more interested in keeping their payroll down than winning.”
Cano certainly has the talent to demand a huge contract. He's the best hitting second baseman in the league, and he may be the best fielding second baseman in the league as well. Since 2009, he leads all everyday second basemen in WAR by a mile, according to FanGraphs.
Granted, Cano will be 31 by the time next offseason rolls around, so he won't exactly be a spring chicken. However, that may not stop him from getting a 10-year deal, as how Albert Pujols was 31 when he signed his 10-year contract with the Angels last season.
All Cano has to do is have another huge year in 2013 and then go looking for the right buyer. If he finds the perfect buyer, he could very well make as much as $30 million per year in a new deal.
I'm just going to throw this out there: The Dodgers will be in the market for a second baseman next winter if they decline Mark Ellis' option.
And if Cano is out there, they will.