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According to a report filed to MLB Nation, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has rejected the $14.1MM qualifying offer from the team, and is now officially on the open market.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier today that he has spoken with 21 MLB GM’s, the majority of which expect Cano’s next contract to be worth $160-$230MM over seven or eight years. About that $300MM contract Cano requested… looks like he’s not going to get it.
Robinson Cano, 31-years-old, had an excellent 2013 with 81 runs, 190 hits, 41 doubles, 27 home runs, 107 RBI, an .899 OPS, and a .314 AVG in 160 games for the Yankees, not to mention he received his fourth straight All-Selection and Silver Slugger award, but the that type of market doesn’t seem likely to emerge for the Roc Nation client.
The Yankees are willing to offer Cano north of $200MM, but feel as if they can fill the void if they lose him to a team willing to offer him $300MM.
Source: Branden Benson The MLB Nation