Report: New York Yankees Have Received Calls Regarding Robinson Cano

Kenny DeJohn@@kennydejohnAnalyst IIIJuly 18, 2013

Jul 16, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; American League infielder Robinson Cano (24) of the New York Yankees reacts after being hit by a pitch in the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
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Robinson Cano will be a free agent come season's end, and the New York Yankees have received calls on the All-Star second baseman, reports Andrew Marchand of

Never fear, Yankees fans, as general manager Brian Cashman and the upper management of the team have said "no" to every team that has come calling. Cano is the lone offensive weapon left healthy on the Yankees and, with the team still in the thick of a playoff hunt, trading him away would signal the Yankees' surrender.

Marchand notes that trading Cano would likely trigger a fire sale. Hiroki Kuroda, Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain could also be on the move in that scenario. Keep in mind that Hughes and Chamberlain have been "aggressively" shopped by the team.

Cano is in the midst of yet another fantastic season. He's hitting .302/.386/.531 with 21 home runs, 65 RBI and 53 runs scored. He was the starting second baseman in the All-Star Game earlier this week and is poised to receive a massive payday this offseason.

It's virtually impossible to imagine the Yankees trading their best player, but just imagine the type of package that the opposition would have to offer in return. Even as a rental player for the remainder of the season, Cano could demand one of the largest returns in major league history.

Several top prospects and major league talent would have to be sent the Yankees' way, and Cashman's goals of getting younger and preparing for the future could be met simply by dealing Cano. That being said, there's no giving up on a player that has come up through the system and is a perennial MVP candidate.

The Yankees and Cashman will do everything possible to ensure that Cano stays in pinstripes for the rest of his career. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll sign a 10-year deal after the season, but a six-year deal followed by subsequent options or shorter deals could work for both parties.

Teams calling about Cano are likely just putting out feelers, and it obviously doesn't hurt to ask. Just don't expect Cano to be wearing a different uniform after the deadline passes.