Robinson Cano is staying put in his demands to sign a new deal towards next year.
Clearly the best position player to hit the open market this offseason, Cano and his agent, rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z, will look to capitalize on that as the second baseman is looking to sign a huge paycheck worth around $300M in a 10-year-deal.
The question here is not whether he’s worth that kind of money because he’s established himself as a premium player in the field and at the plate. The question is rather if he’s pricing himself out of the market with such high demands.
The New York Yankees have the best option to re-sign him, but per reports, both sides are still around $150M apart to establish a deal. The free-spending Los Angeles Dodgers could also make a push to land him as they clearly need an upgrade at second, but with the team also in the mix to sign Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, it doesn’t seem likely that they’ll go after both players.
The other teams that need an upgrade in the middle, like the St. Louis Cardinals, aren’t realistic targets and the other organizations that could land him, such as the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels, aren’t reported to be in the hunt for the Dominican infielder.
Robinson Cano already declared he doesn’t have any rush to sign a new deal and that he’ll wait “months if necessary” until the right offer comes along. It’s still early in the free agency period, but all signs are pointing to the fact that Cano will have to lower his expectations if he wants to sign a deal sooner rather than later.