Cano is seeking a 10-year, $305 million contract that would make him the richest in baseball history.
Based on the Yankees' in-season talks with Cano, the Yankees are not prepared to give the All-Star second baseman anything close to that.
Earlier in the season, the Yankees approached Cano with an eight-year, $138 million deal, the same one the Mets gave David Wright last December.
But unlike Wright's contract, the Yankees did not ask Cano to defer any money. After representatives for Cano rejected the deal, the Yankees came back with a six-year, $144 million pact, which would have upped the average to $24 million per season, which was also rejected.
“It could be a few guys’ last game here,” Joe Girardi said when asked about the possibility of this being Cano’s final game in home pinstripes.
“No one knows what’s going to happen in the offseason, and there are no guarantees who’s going to be here next year, so it very possibly could. Robbie has been a joy to manage, just a great player that does a lot of great things.”
“I think the Yankees have shown interest in Robbie Cano; I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” said Girardi, himself a free agent this winter. “But with free agents and trades, it takes two to tango.”
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