ORLANDO, Fla. -- Once Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners last Friday, Omar Infante became the best second baseman left in free agency, so a few teams seeking an upgrade at the spot have now turned their focus to him.
Obviously the first name that comes to mind is the Yankees, with Cano's absence leaving a void. The Yankees have offered Infante a three-year, $24 million deal, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Infante, however, is seeking four years and $40 million, per Heyman, and a few other teams are still in on the bidding process, including the Royals. There's a decent gap between the Yankees offer and the asking price, too, so there's room to "win" Infante.
Infante, 31, hit .318/.345/.450 with 24 doubles, 10 home runs and 51 RBI for the Tigers last season. He has played all three outfield spots, third base and shortstop at different points in his career, but in the past few seasons he has settled in as an everyday second baseman.
The Royals make sense for Infante, too, as they got the following offensive line from second basemen last season: .243/.296/.304.