Normally, the Yankees have a policy about not discussing contract extensions with players prior to or during a season. However, that policy may be changing for all-star second baseman Robinson Cano.
Per Anthony McCarron on Twitter, Yanks owner Hal Steinbrenner came out on Friday and said that “there’s been a conversation or two” with Cano, who will be a free agent after the season. Steinbrenner went on to say that Cano has been a great Yankee, and that it’s his hope that the 30-year-old plays his whole career in pinstripes.
Signing Cano won’t be cheap, however. He switched his agent to Scott Boras, hoping to get the most out of what will be a huge contract. Clearly the best player on the team, Cano would most likely want A-Rod type money.
The fact that the Yankees are going against team policy on contract extensions shows how bad they want Cano to stay a Yankee for life. With Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera nearing the end of their careers, Cano would be the next homegrown player to be the face of the franchise for years to come. Couple that with the fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers have new found money and could potentially offer Cano a contract he couldn’t refuse, the Yankees would like to lock him up before he can test the market. Don’t be surprised now if Cano begins the season with a wealthy contract, or agrees to one at some point during the 2013 season.
In 2012, Cano hit .313 with a career high 33 homers and knocked in 94 RBI before completely disappearing in the playoffs. Look for Cano to have a monster season in a contract year.