The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly not interested pursuing Robinson Cano, the Yankees All-Star second baseman, in free agency this offseason.
Shockingly enough, the reason the Dodgers will not chase after Robinson Cano is money. Los Angeles has $163 million dedicated to the payroll next season, and Cano is hoping to land a $305 million contract.
This is a rare case where a player might just be too rich for the blue blood of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Put simply, one high-ranking National League executive said, “They’re not interested in Cano.”
The Dodgers should be interested in Robinson Cano, though. The team’s current second baseman is Mark Ellis, a defensive stalwart who hasn’t played in more than 132 games a season since 2007. Meanwhile, Cano has played at least 158 games every year since 2007, his third year in the league.
Robinson Cano, when asked about playing for the Dodgers, said, “I’m not hoping for anybody. Teams are going to come. I don’t have anything in my mind, don’t have anybody in mind. I haven’t thought about anything.”
For now Robinson Cano will have to remain quiet, he still has a few games left with the Yankees before the season is over. However, there is sure to be a bidding war for the services of Robinson Cano in the offseason. The Yankees will most likely make an offer, while teams like the Tigers or Orioles could surprise as well.
Do you think the Dodgers need Robinson Cano? What team will he be playing for next season?
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