Saturday, February 5, 2011
Cano Drops Agent for Boras
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has changed agents, dropping Bobby Barad for Scott Boras. The switch reportedly occurred after the two had a meeting together in the Dominican Republic.
For the most teams, hearing that one of your star players has changed his representation to Scott Boras is cause for anxiety. The Yankees, blessed with the largest payroll and revenue stream in baseball, are not one of them. Instead, it's just a minor annoyance.
It's not clear as to why Cano decided to make the switch now, but some have speculated that he's probably angling for his next big contract. While Cano is in the final guaranteed season of the four year $30M contract he signed back in 2008, the Yankees still own two options for $14M in 2012 and $15M in 2013. Considering how team friendly the options are, the Yankees would be crazy not to pick them up. Additionally, the Yankees have a long standing policy of not negotiating with players until after their contract has expired. Unless they change their policy (very unlikely), he'll have to wait until after the 2013 season to get negotiate and sign his next contract.
Cano is coming off a tremendous season in which he finished their in the AL MVP voting behind Josh Hamilton and Miguel Cabrera. In 2010, Cano produced a .389 wOBA with 73 extra base hits, and 6.4 fWAR.