Now that the New York Yankees have officially been eliminated from playoff contention, it’s time for baseball’s most storied franchise to turn its attention to the off-season, and free agents such as Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Curtis Granderson.
As the top free agent position player available this off-season, Cano has positioned himself for a lucrative long-term contract. According to an ESPN report released Thursday, he’s not going to be shy in contract negotiations.
The 30-year-old is seeking a 10-year deal worth $305 million this winter, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported. Such a deal would surpass Alex Rodriguez’s 10-year, $275 million contract as the richest in MLB history.
There may be an element of gamesmanship in the $305 million figure. Cano, who’s represented by Jay Z’s Roc Nation and the Creative Artists Agency, could benefit by floating such a high number and anchoring the expectations of team executives above $300 million.
Yet there’s no denying Cano’s case for a long-term contract worth $25 million or more per season. He has 27 home runs and 106 RBI with a .315 average, a .384 on-base percentage and a .519 slugging percentage.
He has been durable, missing no more than five games in any of the last seven seasons. Advanced metrics confirm that Cano is an elite player; he leads American League second basemen with 6.1 wins above replacement.