Cano: Four More Years!

The Yanks have avoided arbitration with Robinson Cano, signing him to a 4 year/$28 million deal that has club options for an additional 2 years/$27 million (and a $2 million buyout). Seems like a reasonable deal for all parties. Would indicate that he’s not moving in a would-be deal, but who knows.

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  • Awesome! A small price to pay for one of the top second basemen in baseball…

    sam-YF January 26, 2008, 2:19 pm
  • Congrats, dudes, that is someone nice to lock up.

    Devine January 26, 2008, 3:37 pm
  • While I am happy to see the Yanks sign this kid up for 4 more seasons.
    I think that because it was only for 4 more seasons (not including the options) shows to me that Yankee mgmt recognizes the talent factor – but are concerned with his plate discipline and consistency in the field. If he can fine tune in those areas, then he’ll be the next big superstar. If he doesn’t, they decline the option and let him walk after 4 year term.

    Middle Relief January 26, 2008, 6:16 pm
  • That’s a pretty silly way of looking at it. If you can commit to a player for less time than necessary, why pass up that chance? Should we expect David Ortiz to be out of baseball by 2010? If not, why would the Sox only give him a four-year deal?

    AndrewYF January 26, 2008, 7:10 pm
  • While I appreciate Cano’s youth and exuberance, and his promise of change, I’m not sure New Yorkers should commit to him for a full 4 years. The Yankees need someone with experience, someone who can come in on day 1 and get things done. Vote Miguel Cairo in 2008!

    Andrew F (Sox Fan) January 27, 2008, 1:13 am
  • Well, technically, it’s not 4 “more” years, because he has an arbitration year, but this is what most teams are doing with their young nowadays..

    Lar January 27, 2008, 2:32 pm
  • I don’t understand the logic of this signing. It’s super expensive, making Cano untradable unless he explodes at the plate. And it insures another 4 years of Jeter at SS. I have thought Jeter would move over to 2nd when a viable option at SS became available. I also thought the org might be looking.

    Dirty Water January 29, 2008, 12:04 am
  • DW, if you think this is expensive for Cano, than you need to take a quick primer on baseball economics. With the numbers he puts up already, Cano would be on track to make this type of money through arbitration. He already puts up the best numbers for 2b in the AL and only behind Utley in the MLB. Im not sure what else you would expect from him.

    sam-YF January 29, 2008, 8:24 am
  • I did not mean to suggest the deal was expensive for Cano, who is an outstanding player the Yankees should pay top dollar for. What I meant is it hurts their ability to trade him, and that’s what I thought they would eventually have to do while Jeter moves to second. What are they going to do with Jeter now? are you comfortable with him at SS for another 4 years?

    Dirty Water January 29, 2008, 9:07 am
  • I dont follow your logic as to why this contract makes it hard to trade Cano (which is something the yankees have no interest in doing and shouldnt). Cano would be eligible for arbitration no matter what team he was on. Locking him up at a known price eliminates the uncertainty that of this process. As for what happens to Jeter, I consider that an unrelated topic for Cano’s contract. Sure the yankees may need to move Jeter from SS but that doesnt mean it has to be to 2b. He could learn 1b, OF, or just DH. I think its likely that he will stay at short and the yankees will just deal with his sub-par defense there for at least a few more years. In any case, signing Cano to that contract is the right move.

    sam-YF January 29, 2008, 9:15 am
  • Yeah, maybe. I still say $7.5m a year for a 3rd year 2nd baseman makes him hard to unload if need be. And I don’t think Jeter has enough power to be a viable option at DH or 1st. I really thought he would transition over to 2nd in the next couple of years.

    Dirty Water January 29, 2008, 9:37 am
  • I could have been clearer.
    Cano’s deal is cheap for the Yankees, expensive for others. And by ‘others’ I mean teams with a payroll under 9 figures.

    Dirty Water January 29, 2008, 9:43 am
  • Keep in mind Dirty Water, the Sox will have the same decisions to make in a few years. With guys like Pedroia, Ellsbury, Papelbon, etc…all homegrown talent eventually requires deals like the one Cano got. The Yankees are confident he is the 2Bman they want for the next four seasons and beyond. They also made it crystal clear by doing so that they are not trading Robinson Cano.
    As for Jeter, I don’t think he ever moves from SS as long as he is still playing. The only position he could possibly be better suited for is 3B and that position seems to be sewn up.

    John - YF January 29, 2008, 9:51 am
  • For that matter, the Sox hopefully will be signing Youkilis to a similar deal this offseason (or next at the very latest).

    Paul SF January 29, 2008, 10:22 am

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