The New York Yankees have tendered a qualifying offer to the biggest prize in free agency this year in second basemen Robinson Cano.
The Yankees have also extended offers to outfielder Curtis Granderson and pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.
If Cano expects the offer, he will play for the Yankees next season under a one-year contract worth $14.1 million.
Obviously, Cano, who is 31, will almost surely reject the deal in search of a much larger contract. In fact, it has been reported that Cano is looking for a deal worth around $300 million over 10 years.
Obviously, it’s going to be hard to Cano to find a team willing to give him that kind of money, but he can clearly top a one-year, $14.1 million deal.
In 160 games for the Yankees last season, Cano hit .314, had an on-base percentage of .383 and slugged .516. He hit 27 home runs and drove in 107 runs.
The Yankees, possibly looking for some insurance in case a team does make a high bid for Cano, have been linked to Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew, who was tendered a qualifying offer Monday and Detroit Tigers’ utility man Omar Infante.