According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, today’s signing of middle infielder, Alexander Guerrero, coupled with team owner Magic Johnson’s recent comments, the Los Angeles Dodgers will likely not pursue free agent second baseman Robinson Cano this offseason.
That leaves roughly ten clubs that could pursue the Yankees’ slugger this winter, each with their varying reasons to pursue – or ultimately not pursue – Cano.
Cano, the top free agent on the market, could possibly draw interest to varying degrees from about 10 outside teams, including the Rangers, Tigers, Cubs, Mariners, Blue Jays, Orioles,White Sox, Nationals, Angels and Giants, in addition to the Yankees.
Heyman reports the Yankees and their second baseman are seen as being “far apart in negotiations” with New York looking at a seven-year deal worth roughly $163 million and Cano seeking a deal north of $300 million over the next decade.
Teams like the Orioles, Angels and Nationals seem unlikely – largely because there isn’t a major need for a middle infielder – or as Heyman points out – teams like Baltimore haven’t spent on a big free agent in quite some time.
Based on the reports that have come out so far – and keep in mind that Cano and other teams besides New York cannot talk until after the World Series – it appears to be anyone’s race on landing the superstar Cano.
The Yankees remain the frontrunner, according to many, but all it would take is one team to offer the money to change Cano’s mind. That’s how winter history is written: one team willing to take a chance on a player. How it will shake out for that organization remains to be seen.