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Robinson Cano’s dad says the Yankees “don’t seem to want” his son

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Last we heard, free agent second baseman Robinson Cano was reportedly on a private plane to Seattle to meet with the Mariners, who are prepared to offer him $225 million over the course of a nine-year contract. Meanwhile, the Yankees have been pretty firm about how high they are willing to go in negotiations. And as of now, it’s nowhere near $225 million.

According to Christian Red and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Cano’s father takes this rigid stance as a sign that the Yankees don’t want his son back.

The Yankees insist they want Robinson Cano to remain part of their pinstriped family. The patriarch of Cano’s actual family isn’t convinced that’s the case.

“The Yankees don’t seem to want him,” Jose Cano told the Daily News when asked about his son’s status with the Yankees.

The Yankees want him back, but the Mariners appear to be doing everything in their power to pry the All-Star second baseman away from New York.

Multiple reports Thursday night indicated the Mariners were readying a nine-year offer worth $225 million for Cano, who was on a plane headed for Seattle to meet with club officials.

A $225 million offer would dwarf the Yankees’ current seven-year offer of $165-170 million, leaving the Mariners more than $50 million ahead of the Bombers.

There are high stakes involved here and a lot of emotions at play, so we probably shouldn’t look into Cano’s comments too much. He’s talking about his son, after all. But this is a business and every team needs to draw a line somewhere. At the same time, you can’t blame Cano if he ends up signing for the most money possible, even it’s in Seattle. On a related note, you always have to wonder where these leaks about contract proposals come from and who would stand to benefit from them being reported. Just something to keep in mind amid the Hot Stove hysteria.

For what it’s worth, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman suggests that the Yankees could move on to Shin-Soo Choo and Omar Infante if Cano ends up choosing the Mariners.

UPDATE: Cano also spoke to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York and said that his son is looking for a 10-year deal while the Yankees have only offered seven. He also indicated that he was irked by Brian Cashman’s comment from the GM Meetings that Cano “loves” money:

“I don’t know why he said that,” Jose Cano said. “I don’t know exactly everything. Tell me, who doesn’t love money?”

Cashman’s comment aside, Cano maintains that his first hope is for his son to remain with the Yankees.

Are the Cardinals about to go on a free agent binge?

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The Cardinals have always emphasized building from within. In the 2016-17 offseason, however, they may end up being one of the bigger free agent buyers. At least according to some informed speculation.

St. Louis is already in agreement with Dexter Fowler. But Derrick Goold and Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch write today that the Cardinals “could become more aggressive than previously believed,” with Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion as “possible pursuits.” Worth noting that separate reports alleged some interest on the part of the Cards front office in free agent third baseman Justin Turner.

The Cardinals are already losing their first round pick due to the Fowler signing, so any other top free agent won’t cost them more than the money he’s owed. And as far as money goes, the Cardinals have a great deal of it, despite being a small market team. They have a billion dollar TV deal coming online and Matt Holliday and Jaime Garcia are off the payroll now. Spending big on a free agent or three would not cripple them or anything.

Encarnacion or Trumbo would be first baseman, which wold fly in the face of the Cards’ move of Matt Carpenter to first base (and, at least as far as Encarnacion goes, would fly in the face of good defense). Getting either of them would push Carpenter back to second, displacing Kolten Wong, or over to third, displacing Jhonny Peralta. If you’re going to do that, I’d say that Turner would make more sense, but what do I know?

Either way, the Cardinals may be entering a pretty interesting phase of their offseason now. And an unfamiliar one as, quite possibly, the top free agent buyer on the market.

 

Bobby Valentine on short list to be U.S. Ambassador to Japan

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12:  Former MLB player Bobby Valentine attends Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at BGC Partners, INC on September 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)
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There is literally nothing you could tell me that the incoming administration is considering which would shock me anymore. As such, I saw this story when I woke up this morning, blinked once, took a sip of coffee, closed the browser window and just went on with my morning, as desensitized as a wisdom tooth about to be yanked.

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Former Red Sox, Mets and Rangers manager Bobby Valentine is on a short-list of candidates for the job of United States Ambassador to Japan:

The 66-year-old, who currently serves as Sacred Heart University’s athletics director, has engaged in preliminary discussions with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team regarding the position.

When contacted Thursday night, Valentine refused comment.

Huh. Given his history, I’d have assumed Valentine would be a better choice for the CIA, but what do I know?

Valentine managed the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons, leading the team to a championship in 2005. He also knows the current prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, as both went to USC. Assuming championship teams meet the country’s leader in Japan like they do in the United States, Valentine has at least twice the amount of experience with top political leaders than does, say, Ned Yost, so that’s something.

The former manager, more importantly, is friends with Donald Trump’s brother, with the two of them going way back. Which, given how this transition is going, seems like a far more important set of qualifications than anything else on this list.