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Friday, September 27, 2013
Cano: $305M? That is not coming from us

By Andrew Marchand

HOUSTON -- Robinson Cano didn't deny nor did he confirm that he has asked the Yankees for a 10-year, $305 million contract. What he did say, is he, nor anyone from his camp, is spreading the news about the team's negotiations.

"One thing I can say it is not coming from us," Cano said. "I'm not going to go into details. It is still the same since spring training. I don't want to talk about contracts. Just be here. Like I said the other day, I haven't said I'm leaving, haven't said I'm staying."

When asked directly, if he or his agents had asked the Yankees for a larger contract than Alex Rodriguez, a 10-year, $305M deal, Cano basically declined to comment.

"I don't want to go into the details," Cano said. "I want to enjoy this weekend and continue to play the game."

Cano tried to deflect most questions by saying he wanted this weekend to be about Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte and he didn't want to be a distraction. Cano plans on going on vacation after the season. Free agency normally doesn't heat up until the middle of November and Cano likely won't decide until near Christmas.

Cano, after all these years in New York, has become very media savvy. He declined to point the finger at the Yankees.

"I didn't say it was the other side," Cano said. "I didn't say who it was. I didn't say who it was. I'm just telling you it is not coming from my side. I don't want to talk about contracts or any details.

"Honestly, there are a lot of things that are going to leak. This guy said this. That guy, source, friends, just ignore that and play the game. If I let those little things into my head, then I'm not going to be able to play the game."

While not saying if he is staying, Cano makes it clear, if he does, he will be thrilled.

"Don't get me wrong, I love this organization, I love the Yankee fans and the way they have been treating me since I came up, just get ready for today and just play the game," Cano said.