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No matter how long he's been with the Yankees, Cano will be seeking a major deal when he becomes a free agent after the 2013 season.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Cano doesn't plan on giving the Yanks a hometown discount when looking for a new contract, and could even demand a 10-year deal.
On the other side is a player who hired Scott Boras with an eye on maximizing his worth. I reported last month Cano was telling teammates he is expecting a 10-year contract at the top of the market. Now, a confidant of Cano informs me the second baseman thinks he has taken a discount once to sign long term with the Yankees and will not do so again.
That means Cano will be looking for a contract in the range of Alex Rodriguez's (10 years, $275 million), which is a deal the Yanks regret each and every day, likely meaning they wouldn't do it again.
First of all, we can all agree that kind of money is absurd to pay out to anyone. Furthermore, the 10 years would be far too many as Cano would be 32 in the first year of the deal.
The Bombers won't do this to themselves again, especially the penny-pinching version. No player, Cano included, is worth that much money and there is no way he'll fulfill the length of his contract much like A-Rod likely won't.
Unless the Bombers frontload the contract, they would be paying a 40-year-old around $25-27 million per year to be a shell of his former self.
Sound familiar? Just go back to slide one of this piece. If his potential commands don't come down (and they won't), look for Cano to be in a different uniform after 2013.