Cano wants A-Rod-like contract from Yankees

Cano wants A-Rod-like contract from Yankees
November 19, 2012, 11:00 pm
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Just because the Yankees did something incredibly stupid several years back doesn’t mean they’re ready to do it again. But guess you can’t blame Robinson Cano’s reps for trying.

Jay-Z and the other representatives for the All-Star second baseman are asking for a 10-year, $300 million contract to get him back to The Bronx. That request comes while the Yankees are still feeling the pain of Alex Rodriguez’s 10-year, $275 million deal.

So the Yanks’ response basically is: We’ll talk some more when you’re ready to get real.

"It's not that we haven't been talking; we've been talking,” club president Randy Levine said, as reported by “But right now they're over $300 [million], and we are where we are. Right now, there's really no reason to talk until they come off that number."

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The Yankees’ numbers, said, are seven years and $150 million to $170 million. That would take Cano, who’s a free agent, through the season when he’s 37. He is a five-time All-Star and a career .309 hitter who has averaged mid-20s in homers and about 100 RBIs over his nine major-league seasons. So, of course, the club wants him back.

"We value him,” Levine said. “We think he's an important piece of the New York Yankees. We've made him a very, very competitive offer. We hope he strongly considers it.”

They value him, but they’re not ready to be so dumb again.

"We're not interested in giving anybody 10-year contracts or paying any player $300 million,” Levine said. “I think right now we're just waiting for them to come back to us."