Robinson Cano was one of the most sought after players on the first day of full squad workouts in Tampa. The Yankees second baseman, who is a free agent after the season, met with reporters after completing infield drills and batting practice on Monday.
Cano repeatedly referenced his desire to win a world championship and hoist the World Series trophy. The veteran second baseman also told the press that he is focused solely on the upcoming season, and that he will leave all contract talk and negotiations to his agent.
“I’m going to be honest with you guys; I’m just focused right now on the season,” Cano said. “Just prepare myself, get ready for the season and help the team win another championship. I’m not thinking about anything. Those kind of things, I’ll just let my agent, Scott [Boras], handle it. I’ll just have fun in the clubhouse and get ready to help the team win another championship.”
Earlier this spring, it was reported that Hal Steinbrenner had already begun to have a couple of conversations with Boras regarding Cano’s contract. MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch indicates that early estimates are that Cano will be seeking an eight to 10 year deal worth around $25 million per season.
While Cano’s services will certainly be in high demand after the 2013 season, he would rather wait until then to worry about where he will play next year.
“I’m not worried about anything right now, like I said,” Cano said. “I still have one year and just got to go out there and just perform. I’ve got another year and my focus now is to help the team, be with my teammates and have fun. At the end of the season, just end it up with the [World Series] trophy.”