It’s not secret the Dodgers need to fill a hole at second base in the offseason as they’ve been linked to Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.
Guerrero and the Dodgers reportedly were closing in on a seven-year $32 million contract, before he signed with agent Scott Boras after his previous agent wasn’t certified by the players union. Meanwhile the interest from Cano has come mostly from his side as he reportedly is telling people he wants to play with Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
However, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, don’t expect Cano in Dodger Blue:
According to a high-ranking National League executive with knowledge of the situation, the Dodgers have no intention to bid on Cano this winter, leaving the second baseman without one of the sport’s richest teams in the sweepstakes for his services. They’re not interested in Cano, the executive said.
Earlier this week it was reported that Cano and his camp countered an offer from the Yankees in the neighborhood of 10-years and $310 million.
While the Dodgers have deep pockets, paying a soon-to-be 31-year-old second baseman that much money on the downside of his career, no thanks. With the retirement of both Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera coupled together with all the injuries the Yankees suffered, Cano’s interests in leaving the Big Apple seem to be legitimate.
With two games remaining in the season, Cano is hitting .309 with 27 home runs and 106 RBI as he’s been the one constant in the Yankees lineup.
It remains to be seen what other teams create a market for Cano as most of the high-payroll teams like the Red Sox, Angels and Rangers all have second baseman. Other teams like the Orioles or Tigers could be interested in his services, but it looks like you can cross the Dodgers off the list of potential suitors.
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