May 30, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) plays catch on the field during batting practice before the start of a game against the New York Mets at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Robinson Cano, New York Yankees Nowhere Near A New Contract

There was hope that the New York Yankees and second baseman Robinson Cano would be able to agree upon a new contract relatively easy, but that hope has vanished.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the two sides are “nowhere” near a deal and Heyman could easily see Cano entering free agency as he and the Yankees are struggling to find common ground.

Per Heyman:

For those who figured that once Yankee-loving New York icon Jay-Z became one of Robinson Cano’s agents the contract negotiations with the Yankees were going to go swimmingly, smoothly, and most of all quickly. Well, well, think again.

There’s been some suggestion that Cano’s people and the Yankees might pick up official contract talks sometime after the All-Star break, but it’s clear they are nowhere near a deal at this point.

Both sides are playing hardball at this point (excuse the pun), but, Cano obviously would like to remain in New York so it’s a bit difficult to think of the longtime Yankee actually entering free agency. Still, Cano hasn’t exactly proven himself to be a player who’s worth the type of money he’s requesting (reports have him wanting an absurd $275 million) and if he doesn’t come down in his requests, the two sides may still struggle to get something done.

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