New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Canó will sign a major contract this offseason. But the first-time free agent, who is allegedly looking for upwards of $250 million on a ten-year deal, will likely miss that mark..
The Yankees are currently in a media battle with star third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez is halfway through a ten-year, $275 million dollar extension he signed with the Yankees in 2007, a deal they wish never happened now that Rodriguez is still due over $100 million and is struggling to be healthy enough to play. The deal broke financial records — and turned out to be a seriously unlucky investment. Canó is nowhere near the talent that Rodriguez was. Canó has never won an MVP award, though he has many top-10 finishes. He plays second base, a thin position in MLB, whereas Rodriguez played a position where more players were putting up impressive numbers. For the sake of the game and whatever team claims him, one can only hope that Canó isn’t a doper.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia just signed a new eight-year, $110 million contract. He is one year younger than Canó, and a notch below Canó on talent. He is the face of the Red Sox — and will be until he is 38 years old., to the tune of $13.75 million per year.
Canó and Pedroia are the two best second basemen in the game and have been for the past five years. Canó will likely get more money than Pedroia, but if the Yankees are wise, they will use the Red Sox second baseman’s contract as leverage to make sure they don’t find themselves in the same situation they have with Rodriguez — minus the PED’s.
Canó hasn’t spoken publicly about his ensuing free agency, but the word out there is that he is expecting a lot of money. The Yankees are the only team out there — though Los Angeles Dodgers might splurge — who will give him the type of money he is looking for. But it’d be surprising to see the Yankees revisit a ten-year deal, and even more surprising if Canó gets his deal onto the $200 million plateau.
Canó is somewhere in between Pedroia and Rodriguez in talent, so that’s where his contract will likely fall. If you average Pedroia’s and Rodriguez’s deal, you get nine years and roughly $192.5 million. The Yankees will push for somewhere around there and hopefully a little lower, and possibly try to match the eight years Pedroia got — especially considering his age. Their hands are tied with Canó. He is the best player on the team — but they’ve had a bad history with players of his caliber commanding big money. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.