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New York Yankees: Robinson Cano Reminds Boras Who Works for Who

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06:  Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees reacts after he hit an infield single in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2011

Isn't the Internet a wonderful thing?

On it we can find all sorts of wonderful things: from over-the-top decorating jobs for Halloween to skateboarding dogs to recipes to Bleacher Report.

Another thing we can find is quotes from prominent figures, whether they be athletes, musicians, politicians, etc.

I recalled Cano defending his decision to leave his long-time agent Bobby Barad and join Team Boras. After a quick search, I found it.

Back in February, shortly after the news of his defection broke, Cano was peppered with questions about his motives for doing so.

"They (The Boras Company) have a great company, a company that can do everything for you, not only on the field but off the field too, so that's why I went there, Nothing where I'm thinking about a big contract or anything."

When he was reminded about the Yankees long-standing policy of not extending or re-negotiating current contracts, Cano replied:

"No, I would never do that ...Those are things that have to be their decision. I'm just here to focus and play baseball."

His remarks seem pretty straight forward. There is no possible way anyone could be taking what he said "out of context".

So when news broke that Scott Boras wants the Yankees to rip up Robinson Cano's current deal—one that pays him $14 million in 2012 and $15 million in 2013, both in the form of team options, I was surprised.

Robinson Cano was likely surprised to hear about the comments made by his new agent as well and taken aback by the backlash that spewed from fans and the media alike.

Now, Boras claims that his comments were made in jest, something no one believes.

Scott Boras may be an excellent agent and negotiator of contracts, but after his ridiculous backtracking he is now looking more and more like the court jester in the King's court, sans the floppy hat.

The likely scenario is that Cano picked up the phone and lambasted his agent, reminding him that he works for Cano, not the other way around.

When Cano wants a new contract, he will let Boras know.

When Cano wants Boras to jump, Boras will ask him how high.

Cano was wise to put an end to the speculation immediately instead of allowing this to linger and become a major distraction heading into next season. By the time pitchers and catchers report, this episode will be an afterthought.

The Yankees will reward Cano with a new contract after his current deal runs out, of that there is no question.

Until then, Boras would be wise to check with Cano before speaking for him. 

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