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Richardson, 78, was certainly aware of the tradition back in 1953, when he signed with the Yankees out of Edmunds High School in Sumter, S.C. Twelve different teams offered Richardson the same bonus — there was no amateur draft then — but his choice was easy.
Serious question: Who has left the Yankees specifically (or mostly) to get more money elsewhere?
Richardson, once a great Yankee second baseman
It happens, but I don't know that it's ever happened with a player who's anywhere near as good as Cano.
I'd rather have a few extra tens of millions of dollars to give to my children or buy a yacht than applause and a giant sculpture of myself made out of sand.
Nick Swisher turned down a qualifying offer from the Yankees last offseason and went to Cleveland. Rafael Soriano opted out of his Yankees contract to become a free agent and then went to the Nats.
I'd go with the Pettitte and Clemens Houston exile period.
I hope he’ll remember he got his notoriety and his start from the Yankees
After baseball, the Yankees are the team you want to be with.
A player's World Series take back then was a huge chunk of his yearly total.
OTOH, if you sign with a really strong organization, your chances of making a ML roster are less.
Bobby would know about the notoriety gained by being a Yankee. A lifetime OPS+ of 77. Only twice did his OPS+ exceed 79. Yet, 6 times did he finish 24th or higher in MVP voting.
Pettitte left as a pure FA, though there's considerable speculation it wasn't entirely (or mostly) about the money. And yes, peak Andy isn't peak Cano, but he's also a step up from the Swisher/Soriano set.
Not sure Age 27 is late to turn into an MVP candidate. Other than that, I think in light of the headline it's worth adding that the Yankees tried trading him several times.
“I hope he’ll remember he got his notoriety and his start from the Yankees..." Richardson said of Cano Tuesday before the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s annual dinner.
Twelve different teams offered Richardson the same bonus — there was no amateur draft then . . .
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