Robinson Cano has shown his true stripes to Brian Cashman, and they’re not pinstripes. As the Yankees attempt to bring back the free agent second baseman, the GM knows loyalty to the team he has played for his entire career won’t be a major factor in his decision. “He loves the money,” Cashman said at the general managers’ meetings. “I think we’ll have a substantial offer. Somebody might come in and have a much more substantial offer. It’s just the way it works.” Cashman expects Cano to choose the highest bidder, without giving the Yankees any home team discount. Of course, the highest bidder very well could be the Bombers. Hal Steinbrenner said Tuesday that the Yankees will sit down with Cano’s representatives —whether that includes Jay-Z remains to be seen — to resume negotiations with the All-Star second baseman. “We haven’t really had any communication regarding any specifics yet, but it’s the beginning of the process,” Steinbrenner said in the lobby of the J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes. “We’re going to start the process.” The two sides haven’t discussed Cano’s contract since talks were halted during the season, but bringing the second baseman back is the Yankees’ top priority in a winter filled with them. “We’ve got a lot of holes to fill,” Steinbrenner said. Three general managers told the Daily News they didn’t think another team would come close to offering Cano what the Yankees plan to offer. Two couldn’t even name a second team they believed would make a serious run at Cano, while the third tabbed the Mariners as a potential dark horse. Cano’s camp initially asked for 10 years and more than $300 million, while the Yankees countered with offers of six-seven years and $144 million-$160 million. Ten executives and agents polled at the GM meetings believe Cano will wind up getting between $175 million-$200 million, though all 10 ultimately think he will return to the Yankees. “I feel very comfortable that we’ll firmly compete for the player,” Cashman said. “The value we put on him and the value somebody else might put on him could be vastly different. If it is, we’ll lose him.” Cano is only one piece of the Yankees’ offseason puzzle, one that includes filling two rotation spots, multiple bullpen spots and openings in right field and behind the plate.
Cashman: Cano 'loves the money,' will go to highest bidder
New York Daily News | Nov 13