Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Levine Says Cano Is Not "Sign At All Cost" Free Agent

Randy Levine has opened his mouth up once again and inserted his foot.

Robinson Cano, as we have heard all season long, is set to be a free agent after this season and it remains to be seen whether or not he returns to the Yankees after this season. Surely the Yankees will be interested in his services and even more surely Cano will be interested in the Yankees money but is there going to be a marriage again? In my opinion the Yankees should play hard ball but at the end of the day hand Cano whatever he wants within reason. Randy Levine obviously does not share in my beliefs when it comes to retaining their All Star second basemen.

Levine was quoted as saying the following:

“Robinson Cano is a great player,” Levine told Bloomberg Television. “We will sit down and talk to him. Hopefully he’s a Yankee. Nobody is a re-sign at all costs, but we want him back and we feel good about negotiating something with him. But nobody is a re-sign at any cost.”
The Levine showed just how much he has been paying attention with this quote:

“The fact of the matter is, the reason this season has taken some bumps is because we have had an incredible amount of injuries,” Levine said. “When our players are together and they’re playing, which has been very rare, the team has been very successful. Since the All-Star Game, we have had one of the best records in Major League Baseball.”

The Yankees have a 25-24 record since the All Star Break just as an FYI but I don't think I needed to tell anyone who is reading this that. They may have had one of the better records in August but that is another quote for another day.

Randy... please shut up.


  1. Daniel, I appreciate your reporting on the Randy Levine interview, but why don't you be fair about the comment. If you watched the interview (which I did), you will see that Levine was ASKED by the interviewer if Cano was a "sign at all costs" player. He answered correctly by saying "no one is a 'sign at all costs' player". By omitting that fact, you make it seem as if Randy Levine went out of his way to say Cano is not that kind of player. That is grossly unfair to what happened during the interview.

    I have made it easy for you here. This is a link to the interview. Watch it and you'll see what I'm talking about around the 6:20 mark or so. I don't mean to do your homework for you, but you should be a little more balanced in your opinions.

    Besides, Cano is 31 now. If he wants 10 years and $275 million, as has been reported, the Yankees would be absolutely right to let him go.

    Here's the link:

  2. Really? I wasn't fair to Levine? I thought posting his EXACT comment INCLUDING the part where he says that nobody was a sign at all costs player was fair enough but what do I know Bob. I don't think I omitted anything and I am sorry if you feel that way but it is all there in black and white, I don't need you to do the home work for me. Thank you for your comment though.

    1. Dan,

      If you don't see that omitting the fact that Levine was asked the question, changes the context of what he said drastically, then you're not being objective. You can change the meaning of almost any interview with a little cut-and-paste magic.

      That's all I'm trying to say.

      Having said that, I just discovered your site. As a maniacal Yankee fan, how would one go about becoming a part of the blog? If I could contribute in some way, it might be quite a lot of fun.

      Please let me know.


    2. Whether he was asked if Cano was a "sign at all costs" player, or Randy said that without provocation, what can be taken from the interview is the same. And that's this..

      The Yankees are not going to sign Robinson Cano if he wants more than the team is willing to give him.

      With that said, I don't agree that Levine was wrong here. He said the team wants Robbie back, but they aren't going to go crazy and sign him to another albatross contract like the one ARod currently has. He certainly didn't hurt any negotiating opportunities the Yankees have or didn't have.

      Cano's free agency is easily the biggest story going into the offseason, so any news surrounding that is going to get over-analyzed. I think that happened here.

      BTW, Bob, with the recent merger I'm not sure we have any writer/contributor openings. However, feel free to submit a sample of your work, because we may try and squeeze you in there anyway.

  3. Submit your samples to

  4. Most 2nd basemen age quickly after 32 they fade fast. If they want to sign him for more than 5-7 years, move him to 3rd or cut your losses and pass.
    Ten years are way to long, one may end up with another Jeter, Tex or A-Rod...all of whom are on the wrong side of what they were. We need younger position players not a bunch of over the hill and on the slide players.
    Spend money on some young players...not pitchers, well maybe one...we sure need them!

  5. I agree with you old ranger. I do not want Cano any more than 7 years tops. Cano could move to 3B though he was on the left side of the infield as a minor leaguer and has a cannon for an arm


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