The myth about Cano's demands

What the All-Star second baseman is asking for is irrelevant to what he'll get

Updated: December 6, 2013, 8:46 AM ET
By Lewie Pollis | ESPN Insider

The winter meetings haven't started yet, but Robinson Cano has probably already clinched the title of "Most Discussed Player of the Offseason." As the far-and-away best free agent on the market he was sure to be the center of attention en route to what will almost certainly be the most lucrative contract of the winter. Throw in his recent hiring of Jay Z to be his agent and the fact that he's spent his entire career with the New York Yankees and you've got a recipe for grabbing headlines.

So when news breaks that Cano is making contract demands, people listen -- especially when his demands are for historically large sums of money. From the $305 million he reportedly asked for from the Yankees before the season ended to the $310 million he was rumored to be seeking last month to his recent request for $252 million, fans and analysts have taken note every time Cano's name was attached to a new contract demand.

But there's an important part of the story that seems to be too often overlooked: Cano's contract demands are irrelevant to how much he'll get.