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.
Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett can become a free agent after the 2019 season. He has become one of baseball’s better second basemen since the Reds claimed him off waivers from the Brewers in March 2017. Over the last two years, he has hit 50 homers with an .859 OPS. The only second basemen with a better OPS (min. 700 plate appearances) since the start off the 2017 season are José Altuve (.900) and Daniel Murphy (.876).
Gennett is upset the Reds haven’t been in contact with him to discuss a contract extension, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Gennett said, “We’ve definitely opened it up. They know I want to play here. They know I enjoy playing on this team. I enjoy the fans. I enjoy the coaching staff. I enjoy my teammates. They know all that. There’s nothing else to tell them at this point. It’s waiting for them to come back, which they have not.” He added, “(We’ve) heard absolutely nothing. Zero.”
As Fay points out, Gennett was born in Cincinnati and grew up a Reds fan, so this is a cinch for the club if it makes any effort. The Reds presently have just $58 million in 25-man roster obligations for the 2020 season.