Via Wally Matthews: Hal Steinbrenner confirmed the team has had some discussions with Scott Boras about a contract extension for Robinson Cano. “There’s been a conversation or two,” said the team’s principal owner yesterday. “We’ll get into that and we’ll talk about that at a later date. But he’s been a great Yankee and [we] hope he’s here his entire career.”
Cano, 30, will become a free agent for the first time next winter. Team policy has been to wait until a contract expires before negotiating a new one — Hal recently said he is not a fan of extensions — but the Yankees broke their own rule once to sign Cano and could easily do so again. Either way, he’s in line for a massive nine-figure contract. If they intend to keep him long-term, the Yankees would be wise to hammer out a new deal now rather than wait until next winter, when the Dodgers could get involved.