Yankees say Robinson Cano has to get “a little more realistic”

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A day after reports that Robinson Cano is still seeking north of $300 million in free agency, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York spoke to Yankees President Randy Levine. Who said that Cano has to get a grip:

“We want Robbie back; we think Robbie is terrific,” Levine said Tuesday in a telephone conversation with ESPNNewYork.com. “But we have no interest in doing any 10-year deals and no interest in paying $300 million to any player. Until he gets a little more realistic, we have nothing to talk about.”

The New York Post says the Yankees have offered Cano a seven-year deal for about $165 million. Ken Rosenthal writes today that Cano isn’t necessarily seeking $300 million, but that he asked for that during the season in order to get the Yankees to buy-out his chance at even exploring free agency. Now that they passed on that and he is a free agent, Rosenthal suggests, the bidding starts anew.

Whatever the case is and whatever the current offers and demands are, one gets the sense that this dance is going to take a long time to complete.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training

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Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.

Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.

Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.