General manager Brian Cashman said yesterday that the Yankees made “a significant offer” to Robinson Cano recently, so today reporters naturally asked the second baseman about it and he said … nothing.
“I’m going to say the same thing that I said the other day, I’m just focused on playing baseball,” Cano said, via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “I’m going to let [agent] Scott [Boras] and the Yankees discuss that. I’m not an agent. I’m just going to focus on playing baseball.”
Fair enough, and it’s also worth noting that Cashman hasn’t exactly been outspoken about the negotiations except for a few brief quotes. When asked specifically if he rejected the “significant offer” Cashman mentioned, Cano declined to comment.
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.
Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.
So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.