Re: What to do with Robinson Cano.....
posted at 3/2/2013 3:07 AM EST
No MLB player "deserves". What part of "if I were the Yankees I would overpay for 4 years to avoid paying more over more years for years he's a worthless roster choice".
The Yankees don't have to bid against themselves. 4 years and base 30 should be the max they are willing to go before Cano goes begging for big market bidders. In the event Cano turns it down before the start of the season, Cashman should withdraw it. If Cano stinks it up in 2013, he'll come begging for much less.
The Yankees hold all the cards, the 31 year old contract seeking Cano does not. The Yankees GM should use his leverage now to call Cano's bluff. If Cano wants to sell hmself on the market, he should be forced to paly a season and leave the bird in the hand on the table.
Either way, the Yankees can move on from a position of leveraged strength. The Yankees are much bigger than Cano, who is very, very, very small in the baseball entertainment business. It won't be hard to find a lefty 2nd baseman who is as good as Cano, defensively, who can produce at an 70 to 80% level from the little league for lefty hitters park.
Either way, the Yankees can obtain good value and fit options with or without Cano. There is no reason whatsoever to get into a bidding contest with another big market GM. And it should be noted that Cano's age isn't going to result in some InEpstein like pipedreaming GM bidder.
Josh Hamilton is a good example of the difference between fiction and reality. A receding tide grounds all big hulls.
The Angels will regreat the contract to Hamilton, as they will with Pujols. Both have no-trade contracts. Wells is a great example that the Red Sox aren't the only incompetent baseball management outfit. Wells had a superstar's production of 13 homers and a .230 BA in 2012. He's the gift that will keep on giving for two more years. Pujols, age 33, is in decline, with his best cluster of seasons in the past. He's on the books for 9 more years! Hamilton is in decline, with his best cluster of years in his past.
The Cardinals are one of the better examples of the impact of the GM, which is basically all modern day professional baseball boils down to.
There is nothing about the Angels that is impressive, although contrasting them to the Red Sox is illustrative of just how bad the Red Sox middle management is.
The Marlins experiment is over, with the owner ripping off the taxpayers in his venture crony capitalism experiment. He found that the people didn't come, and won't be issuing any refunds to those who bought well in advance sale seat licenses. Whoever buys the team from him will need to use PR as leverage to kick this crook out of town.