(Syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)
With the season unofficially over as of
last Wednesday night , the focus has already shifted to the upcoming offseason and all the things the Yankees are going to have to address while building their 2014 roster. The obvious number 1 topic of discussion on that list is Robinson Cano‘s free agency and what the Yankees will or won’t be willing to pay to retain him. That stayed quiet for the majority of the regular season, but business started picking up yesterday morning when reports of a 10-year/$300 million proposal from Cano’s camp came out.
Via Buster Olney (Insider only), the numbers are actually 10 years and $305 million, the total value of Alex Rodriguez‘s contract with the HR escalator bonuses included. David Waldstein reported that the Yankees made an offer of 7 years/$161 mil earlier in the season and the distance between those 2 figures has set off a ton of talk around the Yankosphere about what it all means and what the Yankees should do. …
I am a mess right now. I have tears streaming down my face, my nose is running and I have one of those headaches you get when you cry too much so don’t expect much of a recap from me because I’m way too emotional.
It’s funny because I wasn’t this bad on Sunday when I knew it would be the last time I would see Mariano Rivera pitch in person. Maybe I was in denial? But tonight was different.
Mo came in to clean up the mess in the eighth inning, and he did because he’s the greatest of all time. Then, after recording two outs in the top of the ninth, this happened:
There wasn’t a dry eye in the Stadium, and there definitely wasn’t a dry eye in my brother’s room (he has the TV).
This is the definitely the last night we’re seeing a few of these guys.
Next year is going to be so weird…
Enjoy the game.
It looks like tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays will be Alex Rodriguez‘s last game as a Yankee for a while. The team has granted him permission to stay home and prepare for his arbitration hearing instead of going to Houston for the last series of the season.
When arbitration begins on Monday, Rodriguez will be backed by an expensive team of attorneys who will do what they can to discredit Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch, who has cooperated with MLB, turning over a trove of documents and personal communications that baseball says reflect Rodriguez as a shameless violator of the league’s anti-doping policies.
The Rodriguez legal team will work with attorneys from the MLB Players Association, who will try to persuade independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to reduce the historic ban. More than a dozen other players were suspended in August and most have now
served their punishment, but A-Rod remains a holdout.
Rodriguez could still theoretically settle with the league and perhaps even end up with a shorter suspension if he confesses to doping, but after previous admissions that he doped more than a decade ago when he was with the Texas Rangers, a new confession would cast a shadow of fraudulence over an entire decade of his career.
So it has been reported that Robinson Cano asked the Yankees for a 10 year/305 million deal and the reaction has been hilarious to say the least.
People are overreacting to the numbers, of course, because everyone always does when the news of contract “demands” comes out. They also believe that Cano actually thinks he’ll get a 10 yr/$305M deal. It’s as if some people are new to the free agency game.
If I got everything I ever asked for I’d be married to a really handsome man, have more money than Bill Gates and I’d be in shape without having to eat right or needing exercise.
Anyway, here are all of the links I could find about Cano:
- Cano asks for $300 million contract from Yankees – CBS Sports
- Why Robinson Cano seeking $300 million only sounds crazy – USA Today
- Yankees, Cano far apart – ESPN NY
- Robinson Cano admits he’s thought about Thursday being his final game in Yankees pinstripes at the Stadium - NY Daily News
- Robinson Cano asked for $300 million, reports say – Newsday
Well, this isn’t everything but it’s a lot of them. …
It may have looked like the last in a long line of embarrassing late season outings for Phil Hughes last night. He was ineffective again and he got yanked after recording only 6 outs and after Joe stopped off to argue a bad call with the umpire before making his way to the mound to get the ball. But it wasn’t all gloom and fastballs over the middle. Phil actually carved out some nice space for himself in the record books last night.
- His 145.2 IP this season is the new MLB record for lowest number of IP by a pitcher who made at least 29 starts.
- His 4.54 career ERA is now 3rd worst in Yankee history for pitchers with at least 500 IP.
- His 1.29 HR/9 is the new worst in Yankee history.
- In taking the loss, Phil ends the year 1-10 at home and becomes the 2nd pitcher in MLB history to win fewer than 2 games in 15 or more home starts in a season.
If you missed the game, here’s what you need to know:
- Phil Hughes couldn’t make it out of the third inning.
- Eduardo Nunez was one of the hitting “heroes” along with Robinson Cano.
- Evan Longoria is annoying and hit two more home runs tonight.
- The Yankees have been eliminated from the playoffs thanks to a win by the Cleveland Indians.
We’ll have more to talk about tomorrow. This game was awful, depressing and was the cherry on the top of the sh** sundae better known as the 2013 season.