New York Yankees will have a big decision to make this offseason as one of the team’s best player’s contract is expiring. That player is second baseman Robinson Cano.
With the season almost at its end and the playoffs around the corner, Cano’s value on the open market will only increase as it looks like pool for second basemen will be below average. The Yankees hold a $15 million option on Cano and a $2 million buy out. However, if the Yankees choose to not pick up his option and try to sign him to a long-term deal it may cost the team up to $200 million according to two National League executives.
This big decision may come sooner rather than later if the Yankees do not make the playoffs this season.
This season Cano is batting .301/.367/.539/.906 with 29 homers and 73 RBI.
Cano has been with the Yankees since 2005. In 2005 he finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting and since then he has been great. The four-time all-star has batted .307/.349/.501/.850 in his career with the team up to this point. He has hit 173 home runs and driven in 694 RBI. He also has 324 doubles and 697 runs while with the club too. Cano isn’t the world’s greatest field but did win an American League Gold Glove award in 2010.
Any team that tries to go after Cano will have to empty their wallets if Cano does want up to $200 million for a contract. However, Cano may not be the Yankees’ only concern this season as Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson may also be hitting the open market.
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