Dodgers reportedly unlikely to pursue Robinson Cano as a free agent

Mike Stobe

The newly-rich Los Angeles Dodgers have privately said that they have no plans to make any big offers in free agency this winter.

There may be one less competitor in the race for five-time All-Star Robinson Cano. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Dodgers have said that they have no plans to make a charge for the Yankees' second baseman.

The Dodgers have brought on more than $600 million in future salary with big contracts to Zack Greinke, Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez. Dodgers' current second baseman Mark Ellis can be bought out for $1 million before the 2014 season, which made many fans think they would spend more money on someone like Robinson Cano.

With the Dodgers out of the race, the Yankees should be able to match any offer from other interested teams. The Angels could try to sign another big name free agent, but I imagine they won't risk any more money with the way Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols have worked out. Other teams rumored to have interest have included the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals inquired about Cano back in 2009 to see if he was available. St. Louis only has five players with a contract of more than $6 million dollars this season. Don't be surprised to see the Cardinals jump into the mix come winter time.

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