The New York Yankees have some money to spend this offseason and have many holes to fill as well. From the outfield to the infield and pitching staff, the Yankees are in need of many players.
No matter the needs, the Yankees main priority will be resigning their star second baseman Robinson Cano. As a free agent, Cano is free to choose and pick what team he wants to spend the next large part of his career as he is set up to cash in big and long term.
With the retirement of Yankee greats Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettite, added with the unknown of Derek Jeter’s career in the future, the Yankees need somebody to carry the torch of the future and lead the Yankees back to the promise land.
Many of the stars on the team are too old to carry the future of the team as Alex Rodriguez is near the end and in the middle of a PED scandal, Mark Teixeira is far from the player he once was, Curtis Granderson is a free agent as well and will probably be moving on after declining his option, Ichiro is near the end of a hall of fame career and CC Sabathia showed the beginning of the decline possibly this past season.
The only young bright star the Yankees have is Cano and he is now a free agent and ready to cash in on his skills. There’s no other choice than to resign Cano as attendance and overall viewership has declined, the Yankees need a bright star.
The thing is that Cano is said to be looking for the best deal possible, possibly the most money possible and it is well within his rights to do so. Despite the Yankees having the money to spend on him in the present, they have many examples in their very own clubhouse of why it might not be the smartest thing to give such a mega-contract to a player not in their 20’s.
Looking around the clubhouse and you see Rodriguez who scored a 10-year $275M contract with bonuses that can reach $300M and is now int he middle of appealing a 211 game suspension for using PEDs and has ahd his skills decline sharply the past few years. You also see Teixeira who has had a decline in production from year to year, missing most of the season in 2013 with a wrist injury and his signed for many years and many dollars. Sabathia’s contract, once the highest contract for any pitcher before Zack Greinke took that mantle, is starting to look a little bad with his arm possibly tiring out.
So yes, the Yankees need Cano and Cano might need the Yankees to become one of the greats but he is also looking for the biggest contract and that may not come from the Yankees. They need him but not at all cost and Cano is willing to wait past Christmas in order to get the contract he desires.