Best-case scenario: New York Yankees
Sweet-swinging Robinson Cano has spent the first nine seasons of his career in pinstripes and has a chance to become one of the next all-time Yankee greats by signing a long-term contract. New York has been widely viewed as the favorite to retain Cano, who reportedly wants a 10-year, $305 million deal.
While that might be an unreasonable request, New York still has the capability to make him a Yankee for life. Owner Hal Steinbrenner told ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews that the team intends to reopen negotiations with Cano in the next week or two.
Per Wallace, general manager Brian Cashman conceded, "I think he loves the money but I think we're going to have a substantial offer, but somebody might come in and have a much more substantial offer."
If the Yankees can lure another high-profile batter to the lineup and a veteran arm, there's no reason they can't compete with the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
Worst-case scenario: Texas Rangers
The Rangers have been mentioned as one of the front-runners to lure the slugging second baseman away from the Bronx, but they already have a surplus of quality middle infielders and have a couple more waiting in the minor leagues.
Adding Cano to the mix with Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar would create a bigger logjam, but that's not to say there aren't ways to make it work. Kinsler could be moved to first base full-time, and the team could trade Profar, but the Rangers would likely be strapped by Cano's monster deal.
With needs at catcher, in the outfield, at first base and in the middle of the rotation, Texas would be better served dividing that money between a few free-agent signings rather than just signing Cano.