The New York Yankees have a lot of problems in front of them with the 2013 seasons less than a month away. The Yankees will be without Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira to begin the year, which will put a ton of pressure on Robinson Cano during his contract year.
Cano is finishing a six-year contract with the Yankees and can become a free agent after this season. The Yankees have a decision to make and one that should be made now instead of later: whether they plan to re-sign him or not.
He will be 31 years old when the season ends and is probably going to be looking for a six or seven-year contract worth over $140 million, especially because his agent is Scott Boras. This is a time where Cano can’t be sorely focused on the money since he may have to be the lone power source for the Yankees during the first two months. He has hit at least 25 home runs each of the last four seasons, including a career-high 33 last year. The Yankees need him to stay with the team, especially with all the aging stars currently on the roster.
I am going to guess that he finds his way to a different team for the 2014 season and especially in a contract year where he may be out to prove something, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he finishes with at least 35 home runs and 115 RBIs. Those numbers should scare the Yankees from a financial standpoint. They have been trying to get their payroll under control and paying Cano over $20 million isn’t likely something the team will want to do. It is something, however, that they may be forced to do.