Everyone by now has heard what Robinson Cano is looking to get from a team as he is about to enter free agency. But for those of you that don’t, the second baseman wants a long term deal, around 10 years or so, for at least $300 million.
According to Magic Johnson, it is unlikely that the Los Angeles Dodgers will pursue signing Cano. Johnson told USA TODAY Sports,
I can’t talk about the other guy, but you already know that guy in New York is going to be paid. Not by us, but he’s going to get paid.
Johnson’s main focus for the organization is to re-sign pitching ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw recently had a dominant performance in game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves, in which he pitched 12 strikeouts in seven innings to help propel the team to a 6-1 victory.
In an article on ESPN, the payroll of the Dodgers was put into perspective a little bit.
The Dodgers had an Opening Day payroll of $214.8 million, becoming only the second Major League Baseball franchise to top the $200 million mark. Meanwhile, Cano’s current team, the New York Yankees, have topped that figure six years in a row.
It’s not a matter of having the money, they just aren’t prioritizing Cano as high as Kershaw, which is a smart decision. Kershaw is worth more to the team right now then Cano would be in the future, after all he is 30 years old.