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You likely won't find many people who believe that second baseman Robinson Cano will be wearing anything other than a New York Yankees uniform next season.
Without question the prize of next year's free-agent market, Cano does employ the services of Scott Boras as his agent. That fact alone doesn't make Cano a lock to sign with the Yankees.
In fact, one source told the New York Daily News that Cano could very well bolt the Bronx.
“I don’t think he’ll be with the Yankees beyond next season,” one of the sources told the Daily News. “He’s not giving them a hometown discount, and they seem to be more interested in keeping their payroll down than winning.”
Consider this tidbit from the New York Daily News as well:
Another baseball source suggested that Cano will seek a deal similar to A-Rod’s, one that has become an albatross for the Bombers, who might be hesitant to tie up that much money and that many years in Cano, 30.
“He knows he’s the best player on the Yankees,” the second source said of Cano. “There’s no reason for him not to be paid that way.”
Possible 2014 Landing Spot
New York Yankees: Obviously, the Yankees are still in play. In my belief, the only team in play. Cano has said he would love to remain in New York as well.
In addition, the Yankees have $55 million coming off the books at the end of next season. Expiring contracts for Hiroki Kuroda ($15 million), Curtis Granderson ($15 million), Andy Pettitte ($12 million), Mariano Rivera ($10 million) certainly frees up cash to spend on an extension for Cano.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.