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Notes: Yankees made ‘significant offer’ to Cano

Yankees star Robinson Cano is eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.
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Yankees star Robinson Cano is eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.

Speaking from Yankees camp in Tampa, general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Thursday that the team has made a “significant offer” to second baseman Robinson Cano on a long-term contract.

Cashman didn’t say when the offer was made, or whether it was still on the table. Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said this month the Yankees were “willing to consider” such a deal.

“I thought Hal announced that we made a significant offer, and we’ve had a few conversations,” Cashman said. “I thought I was restating Hal’s stuff. If I said a little more, that’s all I’m saying.”


Cano, a four-time All-Star, is eligible for free agency after this season. The Yankees picked up his $15 million club option for 2013 in October.

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In other Yankees news, closer Mariano Rivera and ace CC Sabathia both threw in their first simulated games of the spring. Rivera had knee surgery in June, and Sabathia had offseason surgery for bone spurs in his pitching elbow.

‘‘I feel good,’’ said Rivera, who threw 18 pitches and also did fielding drills. ‘‘I feel real good. Getting stronger and stronger.’’

Sabathia expects to have a bullpen session in a few days. ‘‘I'm getting antsy to get into a game,’’ he said.

Another starter, Phil Hughes, remains sidelined by a bulging disk. He might resume throwing early next week. In regards to the righthander, Cashman said, “Is Opening Day in jeopardy for him? Yeah.”

Cardinals take hit


Carlos Beltran and Jake Westbrook limped to the Cardinals’ clubhouse moments apart during an 8-2 exhibition victory over the Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. Beltran bruised the little toe on his right foot when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning, and Westbrook bruised his left leg below the knee when hit by a grounder in the second inning. Beltran’s X-rays were negative, but he said the injury was painful, and he was unsure whether it would affect his plans to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic . . . Puerto Rico will compete in the WBC without Giants outfielder Andres Torres and free agent righthander Javier Vazquez. Torres will be sidelined for at least a week because of a strained oblique, and Vazquez is recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee . . . Giants lefthander Jose Mijares, who was to play for Venezuela, will miss the WBC because of soreness in his pitching elbow.

Sensitive subject

Shortstop Elvis Andrus was scratched from the Rangers’ lineup because of what the team called ‘‘sensitivity in his left arm’’ — apparently caused by a tattoo. Andrus spent nine hours over two days this week under a needle, getting a likeness of his late father tattooed on his arm. Andrus said he’ll be ready to play on Friday . . . Limited to 32 games last year with St. Louis and coming off a pair of knee operations, Lance Berkman was held out of the Rangers’ first six exhibition games because of a strained right calf. He made his debut in a 10-0 win over the Indians in Surprise, Ariz., getting on with a walk and a single and scoring both times. “It was good to get the first one out of the way,” he said. In his second outing for the Indians, Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed four hits and two runs in two innings.

Crawford a bit tight

Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford canceled batting practice because of tightness in his left arm, according to manager Don Mattingly. Crawford had surgery on his left elbow in August. Mattingly said the Dodgers are “going to be cautious with him.” . . . Cincinnati’s project to turn Aroldis Chapman into a starter got off to a strong start in the split-squad Reds’ 4-3 loss to the Rockies in Scottsdale, Ariz. Chapman faced the minimum six batters in his two innings. Chapman threw 19 pitches, struck out one, and didn’t allow the ball out of the infield . . . Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced righthander Brett Anderson as the Opening Day starter. Anderson allowed one hit in two scoreless innings in a 5-3 loss to the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz. Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro sat after feeling tightness in his left hamstring and may miss a few days.