Robinson Cano wants a 10-year, $310 million contract and the Yankees offered the free agent second baseman a seven-year, $160 million deal. Closing that gap is going to require a whole lot of dialogue. Which, it seems, has already begun.
According to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, Cano’s representatives met on Tuesday afternoon with Yankees officials and the two sides are scheduled to speak again on Wednesday.
The Dodgers seemed like a potential free agent fit for Cano a few months ago — mostly because of the big budget — but they signed Cuban second baseman Alexander Guerrero to a four-year, $32 million deal last month. There aren’t many other teams out there with the ability (or maybe it’s just willingness) to meet Cano’s lofty demands. He seems destined to land back with New York when all is said and done.
Cano, 31, is a .309/.355/.504 hitter with 204 homers and 822 RBI in 1,374 big league games.
Veteran Omar Infante has spent the overwhelming majority of his career as an infielder, but the Tigers plan to give him some playing time in center field this spring. The Tigers’ center field situation is still murky and adding more versatility would increase Infante’s odds of making the roster.
Infante, 35, signed a minor league deal with the Tigers in December. He played 39 games for the Royals last season, batting .239/.279/.321 in 149 plate appearances while playing second base exclusively. Infante last played in the outfield in 2010 with the Braves, and last played center field specifically in ’09 with the Braves.
The Tigers currently have Mikie Mahtook, Tyler Collins, and JaCoby Jones at the top of their center field depth chart. It is not what one would call “optimal.”
Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are close to acquiring pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Ryan Moseley.
Nuno, 29, went to the Dodgers from the Mariners in the Carlos Ruiz trade this past November. He and the Dodgers avoided arbitration last month, agreeing on a $1.125 million salary for the 2017 season. The left-hander finished the 2016 campaign with a 3.53 ERA and a 51/11 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings spanning one start and 54 relief appearances.
Nuno will provide the Orioles starting pitching depth and could serve as a valuable left-handed option out of the bullpen.
Moseley, 22, played his first season of professional baseball in the New York Penn League last year. In 12 relief appearances, he put up a 3.20 ERA and an 18/9 K/BB ratio across 19 2/3 innings. The Orioles selected him in the eighth round of the 2016 draft.