Does Robinson Cano need the money? I know it’s been a very long time since I posted here on The Outfield. Since Winter Storm Hercules has kept me home today, I thought I would share some thoughts.
The obvious answer to my question is no, Cano doesn’t need the money. But does anyone?
Before you say I’m just a bitter Yankee fan ranting about the loss of Cano, I have news for you, I wish him the best in Seattle.
I can’t argue with Cano’s production and what he’s done for the Yankees. On the field, yes, it is a loss, but over the long-term, this is a good move for New York. Time has certainly come for the organization to stop with long-term contracts that handicap the team later on.
I can cite numerous examples of long-term contracts in baseball that will hamper teams’ ability to sign younger, more productive talent. Players have come a long way in compensation, and in many situations to the detriment of a club’s ability to win long-term.
Cano, while a big talent and a household name, didn’t fill the seats. I watched numerous games from the comfort of my couch this past season. Without A-Rod or Jeter, there were many empty seats. If Cano couldn’t fill seats, is his on-field performance truly an asset?
If additions like McCann, Beltran and Ellsbury will attract fans to the Stadium, time will tell. I think they will. The off-season additions will fit with manager Joe Girardi’s desired style of baseball. The Yankees gave out some large contracts to these players, but the value is worth more than a single player.
The business of baseball never ends. Teams want to win championships, but owners want to fill seats. A player’s worth is more than just performance. It is the name on the jersey, the brand that player has become. Cano wasn’t that brand for the Yankees.
As the snow falls, I look forward to the new baseball season. Go Yankees.
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