Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cano Shown Some Money

In the '90's popular movie "Jerry Maguire" there was a key scene where pro football player Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) tells his agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise), "Show me the money!" regarding a new contract. It was not only a matter of getting paid, but the amount of money offered would let the player know how much the club respected him. Earlier today Yankees' GM Brian Cashman confirmed reports that the Yankees have offered second baseman Robinson Cano a "significant amount of money".

Cano had one of his best seasons statistically, setting career highs for home runs (33), slugging (.550), and OPS (.929). He also won his second Gold Glove Award and fourth Silver Slugger trophy and is set to become a free agent for the first time after the 2013 season.

The Yankees, in an unprecedented move, are attempting to lock him up ahead of time. The Steinbrenner boys realize that they cannot afford to lose a player like Cano, who is at the top of his game and just turned 30. They also know that if Cano hits the open market as a free agent the number of years and the amount of money for a deal could rise drastically.

The biggest hold up in a deal could be Cano's agent Scott Boras who likes to figuratively hold teams up like a bank robber. Boras should remember though that Cano will not be surrounded by the offensive team the Yankees put on the field last year and pitchers are likely to work around him in the lineup.

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