In case you have been living under a rock somewhere, The Yankee’s 2B Robinson Cano is a free agent this offseason. Cano could be the best position player on the free agent market this off-season and bidding for his services should reach a fevered pitch.
The Yankees have extended Cano a qualifying offer of 14.1 million which means the Bronx Bombers are eligible for draft pick compensation if Cano walks. It is likely the Yankees will try to keep their double play combo of Robinson and Jeter together but if Cano walks the team has a plan B
That plan B wore a Tiger uniform next year.
The Yankees have expressed interest in the Tigers free agent second sacker Omar Infante as a replacement for Cano. Whether or not it is just a smoke screen to gain leverage in negotiations, the thought of losing Omar Infante is troubling for Tiger fans.
Omar Infante stabilized the middle infield after coming over in a trade in 2012. In 2013 he was a steady bat at the bottom of the line-up, often extending innings to get to the top of the order. That bat could be gone in 2014 if the Yankees decide to start a bidding war.
The Tigers did not extend Infante a qualifying offer of 14.1 million considering he only made 4 million last season. A qualifying offer is the average of the top 125 salaries in the league. Infante is due for a raise but not anywhere near $14.1 million and don’t expect the tigers to overpay for him with Hernan Perez ready for the majors.
Of course it is conceivable that the Tigers could be in the running for Cano’s services but unlikely considering the bump in payroll that would occur. Although we can dream……..can’t we?