Harper talked with a source close to Cano, and the source indicated that Cano is prepared to let the process play out, telling Harper:
"He's ready for this to go past Christmas, into January if necessary. He's been told all along that it could take time for a market to develop for him, and he's fine with that."
The Yankees and Cano have made "no recent movement" on an extension, while no other team has presented the second baseman with a serious offer. New York has offered an extension worth $165 million, but Harper suggests that any deal under $200 million would be disappointing for Cano.
A large contract is also important for Cano's new agents, Jay Z's Roc Nation agency. An anonymous baseball executive talked with Harper about the importance of the deal for the agency, stating:
"They've got a lot at stake. They need a big deal for (Jay Z) to establish credibility with other athletes, so I can't imagine they'll sit around quietly forever if nothing is happening."
Cano has been one of the top second basemen in baseball since 2009, hitting over .300 with at least 25 homers each of the past five seasons.