Yanks say Cano got respect, just not $200 million

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm •  Published: December 13, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees had plenty of praise for Robinson Cano, just not the money he wanted.

"Bouquets. Bouquets. Bouquets. I'll throw him bouquets all he wants," general manager Brian Cashman said, "But I couldn't throw him $235 million."

Cashman and Yankees officials spoke Friday, a day after the All-Star second baseman finalized a $240 million,10-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.

At his news conference in Seattle on Thursday, Cano was critical of the Yankees, saying: "I didn't feel respect. I didn't get respect from them, and I didn't see any effort."

New York's final offer was $175 million over seven years.

"We made an offer we were comfortable with making. It fell far short of obviously where Seattle was," Cashman said. "So, in terms of respect, they showed a lot more respect financially than we did."

A season from free agency, Cano asked last spring for a $310 million, 10-year agreement. Cashman said before the deal with the Mariners, agents Brodie Van Wagenen and Jay Z called Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and the GM, then said Cano would accept a $235 million deal to remain with New York.

Cano's contract matches the fourth-largest in baseball history. New York's offer, while for less guaranteed money, would have equaled the third-highest average salary of $25 million.

Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner wasn't disappointed with Cano's remarks but was "a little surprised."

"There was nothing disrespectful about the last offer that was on the table," Steinbrenner said. "Not quite sure why he feels that way."

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