Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A-Rod to Cano: Field other offers and leave Yankees

Alex Rodriguez may not have a lot to say to Major League Baseball but behind closed doors, A-Rod is allegedly a regular chatterbox when it comes to giving New York Yankees teammate Robinson Cano career advice.

A-Rod has reportedly been spreading the word behind the scenes that Cano should give pause about re-signing with the Yankees and explore the free-agent market.

Sources told the N.Y. Daily News' Confidenti@l page that Rodriguez —who is appealing a 211-game suspension for alleged PED use —has been a fly in the ear of the free-agent-to-be, Cano — and told him to listen to other offers and sign with a different team.

The 30-year-old Cano — who will make $15 million this season — told pals he really wants to stay in pinstripes but might be asking considerably more than the Yankees are willing to shell out. The team in return is afraid of long-term boondoggle like the contract Cano's advisor, A-Rod, currently has.

Cano's contemporary, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia  — who just inked a seven-year, $100 million contract last month — might be used as a measuring stick to Cano's worth.

The Yankees certainly need Cano.  He was only one of two All-Stars (retiring Mariano Rivera is the other) on the aging and injured Yankees team looking to downsize their payroll and Cano would be the cornerstone of the franchise going into the next decade.

Cano and Rodriguez are close off the field, and Cano’s agents are Brodie Van Wagenen and A-Rod’s pal Jay Z, through the mogul’s firm Roc Nation. And Cano has never said a bad word concerning A-Rod throughout the Biogenesis investigation.

“We all know what kind of player [A-Rod] is, what he can bring to the game,” Cano told The Daily News in June. “He can change the game with one swing.”

Cano's representatives didn’t get back to Confidenti@l, but Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz says A-Rod plans to be with the Yankees for the four years left in his contract and “obviously would want Robbie right next to him. This rumor is 100% not true.”

And we know how certifiable A-Rod's camp is.

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