Thursday, October 27, 2011

Boras will make Cano talks difficult for Yankees

I just knew when Robinson Cano hired Scott Boras as his new agent that it was going to turn out to be a major problem for the New York Yankees.

In an offseason where CC Sabathia should be the only focus of a new contract among the current crop of Yankees stars, Boras is trying to inject Cano into the discussion. Once he gets Brian Cashman on the phone, Boras will likely ask Cashman to drop the two option years in Cano’s contract in favor of a long-term, guaranteed extension. No wonder Cashman is ignoring his phone calls.

This is a no-win situation for the Yankees. If they accede to Boras' demands for a new contract, they will be giving up options in Cano's contract that work in their favor and jacking up their already ridiculously high payroll. But if they don't, Boras will convince Cano that it is a sign of disrespect, which will drive the price even higher when Cano eventually does become a free agent, assuming he stays as healthy and productive as he is right now.

I really don’t know how Cashman works his way out of this one. Assuming the general manager signs a new deal as expected, he will be the one to deal with Cano’s free agency two years down the road. Cashman might decide to make a reasonable long-term offer to Boras now, which the agent will likely reject as he can get Cano a bigger contract later on. But at least Boras would have a harder time convincing Cano that the Yankees are disrespecting him.

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