Will whispers delay Cano's big contract?

Will whispers delay Cano's big contract?
February 20, 2013, 8:30 am
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Performance-enhancing drugs cast their shadow everywhere in baseball, it seems, even over someone who hasn’t even been really connected — other than shaky Internet rumors — to their use. For example, take this paragraph from a New York Daily News story discussing the factors that will go into the Yankees’ signing All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to a long-term contract:

“There’s the unavoidable PED factor. It’s not fair to suspect Cano just because Melky Cabrera and A-Rod are his friends and workout partners, but then again, ballclubs can’t be too careful these days, and to be safe, the Yankees probably want this Biogenesis Clinic story to play out before they dig deep into their vault.”

Guilt by association, obviously. But who in the majors has no such associations?

In the same piece, John Harper writes about how it is imperative for the Yankees to pay whatever exorbitant amount Cano’s agent, Scott Boras, will be demanding for his client — who is heading into the last year of his deal — regardless of how they are still feeling the pain of being burned by Alex Rodriguez’s contract. The idea is that the Yankees’ moneymaking machine can’t withstand a few years of rebuilding, so there’s no way they can let their most productive star walk, not when he’s just 30 and heading into more prime seasons.

“As a billion-dollar operation that is more of a YES Network-driven entertainment commodity than a mere ballclub, the Yankees have grown much too big to risk a major overhaul. … It’s not as if they would be putting themselves in salary-cap jail, as in football or basketball. It’s just money to the Yankees, and they make obscene amounts of it these days.”

And so, whenever it comes, either before Cano’s contract runs out or during free agency, it looks like the Yankees will be carrying another deal that goes 10 years and costs $200 million, long after A-Rod is just a sour memory.