The New York Yankees would love to keep Robinson Cano, but not for the 10-years and $305 million dollars he asked for, according to ESPN’s Buster Onley. If Cano gets his $300 million dollar wish, he would have the richest contract in MLB history, more than Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols.
When those players signed their contracts, they were pereceived as the best players in the game. Cano is definitely not the “best player” in the game. That honor belongs to Miguel Cabrera.
Those contracts also haven’t worked out as well as the Yankees and Angles would have liked. Soon after signing his record-setting contract, Alex Rodriguez admitted to steroid use and has fallen off significantly since winning the world series in 2009. A-Rod is also likely going to be suspended for all of next season.
Albert Pujols signed a 10-year $240 million dollar contract with the Angels prior to the 2012 season, and has been a shell of himself since he arrived in Anaheim. Pujols battled plantar fascitis all season before he was finally shut down in mid-August.
The Yankees should be reluctant to give Cano a contract similar to that of Pujols and A-Rod because those contracts never work out, and Cano simply doesn’t deserve it.
The soon to be 31-year-old Cano had previously rejected offers in the 8-year $138 million dollar range, which was the contract David Wright signed to remain with the Mets long term.
In 157 games played this year, Cano has 27 home runs, 106 RBIs, and a .306 batting average. The Yankees should do anything and everything possible to re-sign Cano, but at a reasonable price.