Now that the New York Yankees have officially been eliminated from playoff contention, talk will begin to heat up about which players will be back for the 2014 season as the organization has plenty of important decisions to make this offseason–especially when it comes to Robinson Cano.
There’s been plenty of talk this year about whether or not 2013 would be Cano’s last season with the Yankees as he’ll most likely become one of the most sought after free agent this offseason and why wouldn’t he considering he’s emerged as one of the top players in baseball over the last couple of years. Any team would be lucky to land a player with the type of talent Cano possesses, but there may be one key factor holding teams back from signing the second baseman–a ridiculous contract.
No, this is not a joke as Cano is reportedly seeking a hefty 10-year contract this offseason worth $305 million–which would be absurd for any team to even consider. For starters, Cano will be 31-years-old heading into the 2014 season and even if his numbers (.300+ batting average in seven of the last eight seasons, 100+ RBI in three of the last four) are still impressive–no player is worth that much money.
Cano certainly still has some prime years left in him, but any team willing to pay him this type of money would only be setting themselves up for failure. The star second baseman certainly deserves a new hefty deal, but come on Cano–no professional athlete is worth $300+ million.
If this is an early preview of the types of offers Cano and his agent are going to be seeking–it’s certainly going to be a fun offseason when it comes to free agency.