Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees Offer Deal to Cano

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees Offer Deal to Cano

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TAMPA, Fla. - Robinson Cano has received a "significant" offer from the Yankees, according to general manager Brian Cashman, who revealed the important early effort to keep his All-Star second baseman from hitting the free agent market this fall.

"We've made an offer to him. We've made a significant offer to him," Cashman said Thursday, though he refused to further elaborate.

The GM was under the impression that managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner had said as much to reporters earlier in camp. But Steinbrenner merely disclosed there had been a preliminary discussion with agent Scott Boras about his client.

Cashman declined to say whether the Yankees' offer was rejected or remained on the table. And he refused to say when the offer was made or if it spurred further discussions.

"I'll just stand with what I said," Cashman said at Steinbrenner Field following the Blue Jays' 1-0 victory against a split squad of Yankees.

Cano did not play Thursday, and he's due to join the Dominican Republic team Sunday in preparation for this month's World Baseball Classic.

Cashman had hinted that negotiations for Cano could begin this spring. That represents a break from the club's unstated policy of allowing contracts to expire before negotiating - though it's not without recent precedent.

Last spring, the Yankees made a three-year offer to catcher Russell Martin, who played out his option and ultimately signed a two-year, $17 million free agent contract with Pittsburgh.

"Usually that's applied to the older guys," Cashman said of permitting players such as Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte to reach free agency in recent years before re-signing them. "It's not like it's a country club and here's the code of conduct you can't deviate from.

"We have a history of doing things a certain way, but it doesn't mean you have to do it that way every day. …

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