MLB notebook: Yanks, Cano not close

New York Yankees' Robinson Cano August 7, 2013. (REUTERS/John Gress)

New York Yankees' Robinson Cano August 7, 2013. (REUTERS/John Gress)

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The highest-profile free agent on the market and the baseball team with the deepest pockets are not close to reaching a contract agreement.

Representatives for second baseman Robinson Cano met with New York Yankees officials on Tuesday but made little progress, according to multiple media reports.

Cano, 31, reportedly wants a 10-year contract worth in excess of $300 million. The Yankees reportedly offered him seven years and approximately $160 million.

According to ESPN.com, Tuesday's meeting included Cano's agent, Brodie Van Wagenen of Creative Artists Agency; a representative of Jay Z's Roc Nation, which also is guiding Cano, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and team president Randy Levine.

"There's still a pretty big gap," a source told ESPN.com. "But (the Cano side) did move a little."

The past five seasons, Cano batted a composite .314 with a .369 on-base percentage, a .530 slugging percentage and averages of 28.4 homers and 102.6 RBIs. He is also a two-time Gold Glove winner.

CRUZ SEEKING $75M: REPORT

Two-time all-star Nelson Cruz, fresh off a 50-game suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis scandal, is seeking big money in free agency.

According to CBS Sports, the outfielder believes he can net a contract in the neighbourhood of $75 million over four years.

Jhonny Peralta, another high-profile free agent this off-season who had ties to Biogenesis, recently inked a four-year, $53-million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and Texas Rangers are all interested in signing Cruz, the CBS report states.

Cruz played for the Rangers from 2006-13. Prior to his suspension last season, the 33-year-old hit .266 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs.

For his career, Cruz is a .268 hitter. He has blasted 157 home runs and driven in 489 runners in 804 games.

ROCKIES ON THE PROWL

The off-season trading and signing frenzy is starting to heat up, and the Colorado Rockies don't want to miss the boat.

The Rockies, who had a National League West-worst 74-88 record in 2013, are in the market for an "impact bat" and bullpen help, according to the Denver Post.

Colorado has had discussions with the Los Angeles Angels about possibly acquiring first baseman-outfielder Mark Trumbo. Last season, Trumbo recorded 34 home runs and 100 RBIs.

The Kansas City Royals, on the other hand, are the Rockies' target in terms of trading for arms.

Going the other way, if a trade transpires, could be Rockies centre fielder Dexter Fowler. His name has been mentioned in many trade rumours as of late.

To top things off, the Post is also reporting Colorado is interested in acquiring Minnesota Twin star and B.C. native Justin Morneau.

M'S AFTER NAPOLI

The Seattle Mariners are once again courting Mike Napoli, according to a Fox Sports report.

For the second year in a row, the M's hope to ink the first baseman.

Last year, they lost out to the Boston Red Sox, who signed the 32-year-old to a three-year deal.

Napoli's contract was reduced to a single season after a physical revealed hip problems.

In eight MLB seasons, Napoli, once a catcher, has spent time with the Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers. He has a career batting average of .259.

Fox Sports said Seattle is also interested in potentially signing Nelson Cruz, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo.


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