(Was that a sneaky Ninja Cash slip of the tongue I detected?)
I already covered yesterday's Brian Cashman presser from 30,000 feet today, and while there was the one quote that stood out head and shoulders above the rest, there was one more that blipped onto my radar too. When talking about the desire to have Robinson Cano back and where the contract talks between the 2 sides stood, Cash let slip (or did he?) this little clue as to what the Yankees might be planning:
“We’d love to have Robbie back…. He has received - or will receive -a significant offer to stay."
We know the Yankees made Cano an offer of 7 years and $161 million ($23 mil AAV) sometime this season, and no one would argue that's not a significant offer. But Cash adding the line about "will receive" may be a clue as to where the Yankees currently stand in the process. Anticipating that Cano wasn't going to accept their offer, maybe they already have their next counteroffer in mind. Maybe there's something already in the works as a second offer. Maybe the Yankees already have their entire negotiation strategy planned out to try to lock in a new deal quickly. I would support that strategy wholeheartedly as it would allow them the rest of the offseason to fill all their other roster holes. Guess we'll have to see how the next few rounds of negotiations play out to know for sure.