GM Brian Cashman confirms Yankees have made 'significant' offer to Robinson Cano

02/28/2013 5:57 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Robinson Cano hit .313 with 33 home runs and 94 RBI in 2012.(AP)
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed during an interview with Mike Francesa on Thursday that the organization has made a “significant offer” to pending free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.

Earlier this month, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner had said the team was “willing to consider a significant long-term contract” to keep Cano in the Bronx, and Cashman confirmed that the Yankees have indeed presented at least a preliminary offer to Cano and his agent, Scott Boras.

“I thought Hal announced that we made a significant offer, and we’ve had a few conversations,” Cashman said. “I thought I was restating Hal’s stuff. If I said a little more, that’s all I’m saying.”

Cashman did not say when the offer was made or how it was received, and Cano has said of late that he will not discuss any negotiations either.

“It’s not about the money, but like I’ve said, I don’t want to go into details right now,” Cano said recently. “I’m just focused on playing the game and just helping the team win another championship.”

The Yankees picked up Cano’s $15 million option this past winter after he hit .313 with 33 home runs and 94 RBIs, but the team has usually been reticent to negotiate with free agents to be prior to the end of their final season – even with veteran cornerstones like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.

In that vein, however, Cashman mentioned to Francesa that the team has been active in the spring before, citing last year’s negotiations with catcher Russell Martin, and that the “wait and see” approach mostly applies to players more towards the end of their career.

“Usually it’s applying to older guys, 37, 38, 39; we have a policy (but) we have the right to adjust policy,” Cashman said. “We’ve had a history of doing things a certain way, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it that way every day. Whatever conversations and however you want to define them with Robbie, it isn’t something new or different, because we did it with Russell last March.”

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