Dodgers reportedly won't pursue Yankees 2B Robinson Cano

Lisa Blumenfeld

The Dodgers have taken on more than a half-billion dollars in payroll over the past year-plus, but won't continue the trend this offseason if their private talks are any indication.

The Los Angeles Dodgers aren't expected to make a run at New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who will be a free agent after this season, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

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The Dodgers "privately" say they won't go after any other high-priced players on the market, either, per Nightengale, which comes as a surprise considering the team's recent history.

The club has taken on more than $600 million in current and future payroll, gaining the services of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Zack Greinke, Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig and others, since its ownership changed hands in May of 2012. That doesn't include previous deals given to Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw and numerous other current players.

The Dodgers' opening day payroll of more than $216 million is easily the highest in baseball, but the team didn't shy away from taking on the contracts of Carlos Marmol and Ricky Nolasco in midseason trades.

The team's seemingly endless supply of money, plus the looming expiration of second baseman Mark Ellis' contract, led many to believe the Dodgers would target Cano, who turns 31 in October. However, Dodgers president Stan Kasten doesn't feel comfortable signing players through the age of 36, which is short of the Dustin Pedroia-like deal Cano might fetch on the open market.

Cano is hitting .301/.385/.497 with 22 home runs in his ninth season with the Yankees.

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