New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $305 million deal, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
The five-time All-Star has indicated that he will take his time during the offseason, and people close to him say that he will accept the most lucrative offer made to him, whether it's from the Yankees or another team. According to the report, Cano is seeking upwards of $20 million per season for between seven and 10 years, not including player incentives over that time period.
Olney points out that Cano's decision not to rush into anything will effectively negate New York's advantage in negotiations because the organization will likely not be able to do anything during its exclusive window to engage in contract discussions, which expires six days after the end of the World Series.
Cano said Wednesday that if the Yankees don't make it to the postseason, he wants to go on vacation before deciding on anything:
"If we don't make it to the playoffs, I want to take my time, go on vacation and relax. Then I want to sit down with my family and decide what we gonna do."
Those comments came before the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Yankees on Wednesday, eliminating New York from playoff contention.
Cano, who turns 31 in October, leads the Yankees with 27 home runs, 105 RBIs and a .314 batting average. He would easily become the highest paid second baseman ever with the contract he is seeking; the Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler signed a five-year, $75 million deal before this season, and second baseman Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox has a total package of $110 million over eight years.
Cano said that Thursday's season-finale vs. the Rays could be his last game ever at Yankee Stadium as a member of the home team:
"Oh, yeah, who knows? Who knows what's going to happen. I'm just enjoying being here and I'm going to enjoy the last day, being here with all these guys. Nobody said I'm leaving; nobody said I'm staying. I haven't decided anything yet. Let's see what happens after the World Series.JAFFE: Former first overall pick Tim Beckham finally reaches the majors