New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said that he will not give star player Robinson Cano a 10-year deal but promised that he will make a solid contract offer to the free agent second baseman.
According to sources, Cano asked for a 10-year deal in excess of $300 million in his initial talks with the Yankees.
“I don’t feel this organization is ready to do something like that,” Steinbrenner said in an interview on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. “No, I do not.”
“I can promise it is going to be a very, very solid offer that we do make because we are going to try. We are going to try the best we can to keep him,” he added.
Steinbrenner is hoping that the Yankees can sign Cano but also said the second baseman could join another team.
“I’m optimistic and I know that we are going to make him a very, very good offer,” Steinbrenner said. “Is anybody an absolute must-to-sign? No. And that’s nothing against Robby.”
Cano, who turns 31 on Oct. 22, hit .314 with 27 homers and 107 RBIs this season.
In 2007, the Yankees signed Rodriguez to a 10-year, $275 million contract, which included a potential $30 million in incentives.
The Yankees are waiting to find out the decision on Rodriguez’s ongoing arbitration hearing over his 211-game suspension for violating the joint drug agreement and the collective bargaining agreement.
If Rodriguez’s suspension is upheld for 2014, the Yankees will save at least $25 million — and, more likely, $31 million — off next year’s payroll. Rodriguez’s 2014 base salary is $25 million.
If Rodriguez hits six more home runs, he will pick up another $6 million for tying Willie Mays at 660 on the all-time home run list.