The 30-year-old Cano, who is a free agent after this season, is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $305 million deal in free agency, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has reported.
"Sources confirm that Cano indeed asked #Yankees for $300M “several months ago.” Trying to beat A-Rod’s record $275M," he tweeted.
If Cano were to land such a contract in free agency, it would be the highest-paying contract in the entire sport, and surpassing teammate Alex Rodriguez's record-setting deal from back in 2007, which was for 10-years and $275 million.
However, given the fact that the Yankees are looking to get under the $189 million payroll mark for the 2014 season in order to reset the tax bracket for the luxury tax that the Yankees have gotten hit with every year for several years now, there's a very good chance that the Yankees are not spending that much on their second basemen.
In fact, there's a very good chance that no team in the sport, not even the Los Angeles Dodgers, nor the Washington Nationals who have reported interest in Cano, will even go that high for him in free agency.
Cano just came off a season where he made $15 million in 2013, but it's pretty clear that he will be looking to surpass the $20-25 million mark per season, which could and should be expected since he is one of the best players in the sport right now.
In 2013, Cano is having another fine season, hitting .315 with 27 home runs and 106 RBI in 157 games this season and has been one of the very rare, but consistent points in the Yankees offense this season.
Right now, Cano has said he's unsure if he will be back with the team or not, but given the fact that the Yankees don't have an adequate replacement ready to replace Cano if he were to leave the team, that would make the average fan think that the Yankees will never let Cano walk away in free agency and will look to work with their second basemen to get a fair, but a nicely paid deal in free agency this winter.
It will be a lengthy battle of negotiations between the Yankees and Cano and his agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, but many are expecting that in the end, the Yankees end up bringing back their second basemen, but nobody is really sure on what that price tag will end up being.
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