LADY AT THE BAT: What The Yankees Deal With Jacoby Ellsbury Might Really Mean For Robinson Cano (With Updates)

Friday, December 6, 2013

What The Yankees Deal With Jacoby Ellsbury Might Really Mean For Robinson Cano (With Updates)

Though Jacoby Ellsbury's reported seven-year, $153 million deal has yet to be declared official,  it has caused a lot of head-scratching, including from me. After giving it some thought, I've joined the chorus that is singing about how excessive it is in length and in its amount.  It makes no sense to give an injury-prone player such a contract.

However, Robinson Cano's continued negotiations with the Yankees (or, lack thereof) bring to mind a popular phrase, "I see what you did there."

It's just a theory but, in offering Robinson Cano the same seven years and only about $25 million more than what Ellsbury got, the Yankees might have been sending Cano a message or two:

1. "We take Scott Boras, your old agent, seriously. We don't think very much of Jay-Z."

2. "When you don't run hard to first base, especially in your free agent year, this is what happens to you."

Regarding the second point, the Yankees organization might just be fed up with Cano. They discussed the issue with him this past season, yet he still did not hustle down the first base line.

One thing is certain, however: Robinson Cano is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is in the Post- A-Rod/Pujols/Hamilton Era. The days of excessive contracts for too many years are over.

Or, are they? If the Seattle Mariners are, indeed, offering Cano a nine-year, $225 million deal, Cano might be the last of a dying breed.

I think we'll find out very soon if he is the last or too late.

Update: So because Jay-Z gambled and lost, the Mariners deal is off the table. Why in the world was Jay-Z in the room to begin with? I thought he had a real agent in place to do the actual negotiation. What a debacle.

This appears to be good news for the Yankees.  Look for Cano and Jay-Z to come back to Cashman and friends, tails between their legs. (Unless you believe FOX's Ken Rosenthal who says the Mariners talks are still alive.)

Update: Ken Rosenthal was right. The Robinson Cano Era has come to an end.

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