With Alex Rodriguez out of action for the foreseeable future, the higher-ups within the New York Yankees are unquestionably kicking themselves over the 10-year monster deal they inked with him. It's left them with a major decision regarding the future of second baseman Robinson Cano.
The 30-year old Cano is set to hit the free agent waters after this season, and talks between both sides haven't been overly impressive. He could easily see a similar contract to what A-Rod currently has, as opening bids for his services could start at $20-25 million per year.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post noted that the best deal Cano could see from the Yankees would be in the neighborhood of seven years, with a price of $171 million. If he does stay in the pinstripes, it won't be cheap. Cano tops several Free Agent Power Rankings, and isn't expected to give the Yankees a hometown discount.
Speaking of Yankees entering their final contract year, manager Joe Girardi is also on that list, and Hal Steinbrenner has noted that there have been no extension talks with Girardi. So this year could prove to be very transitional for one of the most legendary teams in sports history.