Alex Rodriguez hurt Robinson Cano's negotiations with the Yankees last week -- but not how you think. Well, yes, it hardly helps Cano's cause to get an extension of eight or more seasons when everyone is reminded yet again what a horror show A-Rod's 10-year deal has become for the Yankees.

But what really harmed Cano this week wasn't A-Rod's contract. It was his star power. This was the most interest the Yankees have attracted in weeks, maybe all year, and it all was due to news arising about a player who is not physically with the team. Hasn't been all year. In fact, might never be again. Love him or hate him -- and we know where the majority falls -- Rodriguez draws attention.