Robinson Cano’s Chance Of Returning To Yankees ‘less than 50/50’
With Robinson Cano and the New York Yankees far apart in contract talks it looks like the all-star second baseman may find somewhere else to spend the rest of his career.
According to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork, the Seattle Mariners have surprising emerged as a major player in the Cano sweepstakes, possibly offering a contract worth up to $200 million.
His source says Cano’s chances of staying with the Yankees “doesn’t look too good right now,” adding that the chances of Bronx Bombers retaining the home grown player is “less than 50/50.”
Reports have said that the Yankees have offered a seven year, $160 million contract to the player, and are unwilling to go much higher due to their own problems regarding Alex Rodriguez’s contract as well as players such as Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton of the Los Angeles Angels.
Seattle Mariners have been looking for an impact hitter for the past few years as they try to upgrade their team.
Yankees have historically been fair, yet tough when it came to negotiations of their own players, including Derek Jeter who wasn’t happy with his last contract in 2010.
“Jeter was very unhappy [with his negotiations] but in the end, he compromised, because he really wanted to be a Yankee.”
Without Cano, the Yankees are also looking at free agent Omar Infante and have reportedly inquired about Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips.