The New York Yankees are likely to be buyers with less than two weeks to go at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, despite the fact that they are 51-44 and in fourth place of the American League East.
That hasn't stopped teams from putting in phone calls to the Yankees and to general manager Brian Cashman regarding the availability of star second basemen Robinson Cano, which according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN, is a firm no.
"Teams have asked about trading for Robinson Cano, according to an official with knowledge of trade talks. The Yankees have said no. Cashman declined to comment."
Despite a struggling offense, the Yankees are more inclined to make improvements to the team within the next two weeks and make a strong second-half run rather than sell off their best trade chips, which would be Cano, Hiroki Kuroda, Curtis Granderson among others. However, the Yankees are looking to move Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes before July 31.
Cano is currently batting .302 with 21 home runs and 65 RBI and was the starting second basemen in this past week's 2013 MLB All Star Game on Tuesday. Cano is also in the final year of his current contract and is expected to hit free agency once the season is over in October.
Some have wondered what kind of deal Cano will get once he hits free agency as a 31-year-old, but still in the prime of his career who could hit over 30 home runs and drive in 100-plus RBI while hitting .300 for the Yankees. Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers got huge extensions from their teams before the start of the 2013 season and Cano could look to their deals as starting points in negotiations.
But for the Yankees to consider selling and dealing Cano makes no sense whatsoever, especially since the team will get Granderson back from the DL in August, plus they are expected to get Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez back in the lineup full time, which will be a major boost to the team in desperate need of offense.
Cano's father, Jose Cano, spoke this week at Citi Field during the 2013 Home Run Derby and he expects his son to re-sign with the Yankees and remain a member of the team for a very long time.
Considering the Yankees don't have a player who could come close to replacing Cano's production in the lineup and in the field, the general feeling is that the Yankees will have to fork over a huge contract to keep Cano in pinstripes for the rest of his career.
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