Though Robinson Cano is widely regarded as the top second baseman in baseball and the most talented player on the New York Yankees, he could be switching teams next offseason as he plans on cashing in as the league's top free agent on the market.
"I don't think he'll be with the team beyond next season," an industry source familiar to Cano's situation told the New York Daily News. "He's not giving them a hometown discount, and they seem to be more interested in keeping their payroll down than winning."
Cano is represented by agent Scott Boras, who has a reputation of getting big deals for his clients. Boras was responsible for the record-breaking contracts Alex Rodriguez signed with both the Texas Rangers and Yankees.
In the past, the Yankees have always found ways to resign their high-priced free agents. However, New York is now working on lowering the team's payroll to $189 million by the start of the 2014 season in order to avoid the luxury tax, making the team hesitant on offering any deals longer than one year this offseason. Next winter, a deal worth roughly $20-25 million per season for Cano could be over New York's budget.
Cano, 30, hit .313 with 33 home runs and 94 RBI last season. Though he reached a career-high home run total, he drove in 24 less runs than in 2011.
In addition to Cano, notable Yankees such as Curtis Granderson, Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera will be free agents, leaving the Yankees with plenty of work to do next winter.
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