Toronto Blue Jays Rumors: Can Team Sign Robinson Cano?

By Jonny Adornetto
Robinson Cano
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The Toronto Blue Jays failed in their experiment with the speedy Emilio Bonifacio at second base and were forced to send him to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash or a player to be named later. That’s exactly how much of a positive impression he left on the Blue Jays after committing a countless number of errors and failing to make an impact with his bat. The Jays did, however, like what they saw from the defense savvy Ryan Goins once Bonifacio was sent out of town and seem confident that Goins can be the man of the future when it comes to manning second base in Toronto. Although Goins does seem to have the glove and footwork to hold down second base on a daily basis, he doesn’t possess a hot bat that can round out what should already be a dynamic Blue Jays lineup. That’s where a potential free agent that the Blue Jays know all too well could come in handy.

New York Yankees coveted second baseman Robinson Cano is a free agent at the end of the 2013 season, and both he and his agent, Jay-Z, know very well that he is about to see some serious dollars come his way. He could very well be baseball’s first $30 million man at some point in the offseason. It’s looking more and more like the Yankees are continuing to hold off on talking with Cano about his future in Yankee pinstripes until they figure out a plan on how to keep the All-Star while staying underneath the tax threshold.

This is where the Blue Jays come in. They currently have a team payroll of around $118 million. There is a substantial amount of room to maneuver when it comes to signing that last piece of the puzzle to actually make them a contender in 2014. Yes, they have already bumped up their payroll substantially over the past couple of seasons, but who cares. The Blue Jays are owned by a multi-billion dollar corporation in Rogers Communications and show no signs of hurting for money anytime soon. They should at the very least try to show the money to Cano and see what he has to say for a number of reasons.

Cano would fit in perfectly as a member of the Blue Jays starting lineup. On defense he would be smack dab in the middle of two fellow World Baseball Classic Championship teammates in Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion. He would bat right in front of perennial slugger Jose Bautista. It’s music to the ears of any Blue Jays fan who has all of a sudden become unbelievably distraught over being a fan of arguably the most underachieving team in the history of baseball.

Some may think that the idea of Cano signing with the Blue Jays is nothing but a crazy dream simply because his agent Jay-Z is a massive Yankees fan and doesn’t want to see him play anywhere else. But while Jay-Z is a big fan of the Bronx Bombers, he is a bigger business man and wants to see as many dollar bills as he can for his client and for himself. The Blue Jays are arguably the richest team in baseball as long as they have the backing of Rogers Communications. They have the ability to make a splash, especially after they failed to put their money where their mouth was for so long, including this past season in regards to their poor performance. They can fix that within the coming weeks with the signing of Cano, which would also be the signing of the century.

Jonny Adornetto is a Toronto Blue Jays Writer for Follow him on Twitter @jonnyrants, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your Google network.

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