Robinson Cano Is Trying To Make Alex Rodriguez Look Reasonable
Look out world: Robinson Cano is about to become a free agent, and he wants to get paid. As in, become the highest-paid player in Major League Baseball history. Cano is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $305 million deal. Three hundred and five million. That would make him baseball's first $30-million-a-season man. Not even A-Rod makes that much, and A-Rod is the king of the unreasonably long and large contract.
Yes, Cano is really good at baseball. He led the Yankees in every meaningful statistical category this year; he's a lifetime .309 hitter who averages 24 homers and 97 RBI a season; he's durable; he plays an important position in the middle of the infield; he's a consistent (if not serious) MVP candidate year in and year out.
All that being said, Cano is insane if he thinks he's getting a $300 million contract for double digit years, especially since he's on the wrong side of 30. The Yankees already learned their lesson with Alex Rodriguez, and the Angels must feel similarly about Albert Pujols. Any reasonable organization knows the pitfalls of offering a proven but aging slugger a shit ton of money over many years, and it's not like Cano can prove he's a better long-term value than A-Rod, Pujols or even other highly paid second basemen like Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler.
The Yankees aren't buying Cano for that much, but it's a good bet that some crazy team (the Dodgers? Phillies?
Marlins?) will be give him A-Rod type money ($250-ish over, say, nine years?). To them we say: Good luck. It's not every day that a team can make Alex Rodriguez seem like a reasonable person, and we'd love to see you try.
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