Now that baseball season is coming to a close for some clubs, players are starting to get ready for free agency. Robinson Cano is one of those guys looking to hit the market to make a big splash with a contract worth somewhere around $300 million.
While his agent is working on that for him, Cano has a legal battle that’s about to start away from the baseball world. In a court in San Pedro de Macoris, the mother of Cano’s 3-year-old son, Jackelin Castro, is filing papers that are accusing the 30-year-old free agent-to-be of grossly underpaying her each month in child support.
According to a report from ESPN, Castro says that Cano is an absentee, tight-with-a-buck father, saying he has skimped on adequate support for his son by paying her about $600 a month. Cano said he is paying the agreed-upon amount of support.
Castro’s attorney says said the sum itself is an embarrassment for someone of Cano’s financial wherewithal, adding that she believes “the money he gives to the son, when he does, is not enough to feed the dogs of Robinson Cano’s house.” She paused, then added: “Maybe he is expending more money on the dogs and cars than he has on his own child.”
It appears to me that because Cano is asking for as much money as he is for free agency, Castro is coming out and asking for more money. From what I can tell, Castro feels that Cano has his lifestyle here in the states, and his current lifestyle is different from the one her son has. To a degree, she does have an argument.
According to other sources to this story, Cano is good to his son. That I can believe. Cano does seem like a good guy who would go above and beyond what is required when it comes to taking care of his son. Some feel, and this I agree with, that the timing of this situation is what it is — she is asking for more money just as Cano is going for a huge free agent contract this upcoming offseason.
I just get this feeling that Castro is doing this to Cano to get her name out there. I don’t think that Cano would short-change a good living for his son — that doesn’t seem to be his style. I could be wrong, but I call it like I see it. This is one situation that Cano can walk away from without a problem.
What do you think?