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.
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.
As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.