Thursday, October 3, 2013
Where will Cano go? Our Top 9 destinations
By Andrew Marchand
Earlier this year, the Rangers called the Yankees inquiring about trading for Robinson Cano, a source with knowledge of the conversation told ESPNNewYork.com. The Yankees said Cano was unavailable and the talks ended before they began.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman declined to discuss the phone call, while the Rangers' Jon Daniels did not return a call seeking comment.
But soon, Cano will be a free agent and the Rangers are lurking. They could be the No. 1 threat of stealing Cano from the Bronx. So let’s take a look at why that is -- and at eight other top contenders, besides the Yankees, of course -- for the biggest free agent on the market:
Could David Wright and Robinson Cano be teammates in 2014?
Like a lot of other baseball writers, I have been told for a few months the Dodgers aren't going to be a big player this winter. We’ll see.
Everything could change if Los Angeles exits the playoffs quickly or if the team wins the World Series. If the Dodgers lose early, they may see Cano as the guy who can put them over the top. If they win it all, they could simply get greedy.
The Dodgers reportedly have an interest in Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero. Guerrero, 26, would cost much less.
Still, as one official said about the Dodgers sitting out the Cano sweepstakes, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Wait, they just signed Chase Utley. Yes, but Ruben Amaro Jr. does creative things, an official noted. So the Phillies, with some new cable money about to roll in, could try to bring in Cano and push Utley to third.
The Cubs have money, but don't seem to be on the brink of winning. Cano might find it appealing to go to a club where he can be a bigger legend -- if he can lead them to a title -- than he could be even in the Bronx.
The 84-year-old Tigers owner, Mike Ilitch, wants to win desperately. If the Tigers fall short this fall, he could just throw another huge contract out there and land Cano. Ilitch has sold a lot of Little Caesars pizza and has the money. The already scary Tigers' lineup would be ridiculous.