Robinson Cano has lowered his asking price “very slightly”

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A couple of Robinson Cano tidbits from Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:

 

That part about the $310 million is interesting, because Cano’s people were trying to spin that as what Cano wanted way back during the season to forego free agency altogether, not something they wanted now. Guess not. As for the “very slightly?” I’d read that as the characterization from a team source who is not impressed with where Cano is right now.

How Cano gets out of $300 million land and down into a territory where teams start fighting over him is an interesting question. Because right now he’s not giving anyone an incentive to do anything other than wait him out.

Brewers promote David Stearns from GM to president of baseball operations

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It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”

Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.

Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.

The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.