Yankees rumors: Robinson Cano negotiations impacted by A-Rod?

Considering their ongoing debacle involving Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees may be hesitant when it comes to signing Robinson Cano to a long-term extension as the team is now “more averse to impulse buying with no long-term cautions,” according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post.


Rodriguez will turn 38 this season, and he’s statistically been in decline since 2007. New York isn’t sure when he’ll make his 2013 debut, as he’s recovering from hip surgery that is expected to sideline him for at least the first half of the regular season. He’s also once again been tied to performance-enhancing drugs.

Oh yeah, and Rodriguez is still guaranteed another $114 million through the 2017 season.

Enter Cano, who is poised to capture a $200 million-plus contract if he reaches the open market. The 30-year-old is considered one of the game’s best hitters, and he’s coming off his best season. The Yankees are getting older, meaning Cano could be the next face of the franchise considering his age and ability.

However, there are some concerns involving Cano. He hasn’t been directly tied to PEDs, but some do wonder when, not if, he’ll have to be moved off second base.

Still, Sherman believes the Yankees are poised to offer Cano an extension in the seven-year, $170 million range. Will this be enough to keep him, or will he leave via free agency for a superior deal?



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