Robinson Cano won't be the most sought after free agent this offseason, but he will be the biggest name on the free agent market and will probably sign the largest contract this offseason. His agent is Jay Z, who is spreading his wings into the sports agent arena and was smart enought to pull Cano from the genius that is Scott Boras. Not many players leave the Boras agency as he is the best in the business, and many have repeatedly state that he is always "the smartest man in the room".
The Yankees have enough money coming off of their books with Phil Hughes, Hiroki Kuroda, Curtis Granderson, Andy Pettitte and others in the last year of their contracts to have the ability and budget to sign Cano. But should they?
Cano is currently hitting .309-.382-.514 with 27 HRs, 79 runs and 103 RBI on a team that was depleted due to injuries to Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Kevin Youkilis this season, so his performance, while not the best of his career, is certainly remarkable.
Cano turns 31 in October, and has already accumulated over 200 home runs and 800 RBI in his 8 year career. Should the Yankees invest somewhere in the $25 million/year range for an aging second baseman, or should they invest that money elsewhere, like their pitching staff, bullpen, third base, shortstop and outfield. Yeah, you get the picture. They have plenty of needs and signing Cano to a long term contract may not be the wisest decision if they want to get back to the playoffs in 2014. Just a quick look at the AL East standings tells you that the Red Sox made some very wise decisions with their free agent signings last offseason, and now have the best record in baseball. The Yankees can easily duplicate what the Red Sox accomplished last offseason.
Not only are the Yankees losing the aforementioned Pettitte, Hughes, Kuroda and Granderson to free agency, they are losing the best closer ever in Mariano Rivera.
Here is a look at some of the free agent pitchers who the Yankees could be signed this offseason, especially since they are losing 3/5th of their rotation to free agency. Pettitte, Kuroda and Hughes are all free agents, so the team has their work cut out for them.
2014 Free Agents
This is just a list of some of the better starting pitchers available this offseason, but there are many others. But, the fact remains, the Yankees will need to sign at least two of the starters listed above to be competitive in 2014.
It appears that Rivera picked a very good year to retire as there are a number of free agent closers available this offseason, including Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit, Kevin Gregg, Joel Hanrahan, Casey Janssen, Edward Mujica, Fernando Rodney and Joe Nathan.
I think it is very possible the Yankees will re-sign outfielder Curtis Granderson this offseason, as they are more than likely to offer him the $14 million qualifying offer. Whether he accepts or not is a different story.
Another outfielder I could see the Yankees signing is Carlos Beltran, as he is no stranger to New York, having played with the Mets before the trade to San Francisco a few seasons ago. Beltran could play right field and DH, and would present a veteran bat in the middle of the Yankees lineup, and be an upgrade to Alex Rodriguez, who will likely be serving his suspension next season.
What do Fake Teams readers think? Should the Yankees sign Robinson Cano to a long term contract? Or should they take that money and fill all of the other holes on their roster?