Girardi said he would keep an eye on Cano. In the past, Girardi said, he has worried about players who are embarking on a contract year. There is always the chance, he said, that a bad week at the plate will turn into a bad month because players are thinking about their next deal.
“Don’t let it snowball,” Girardi said. “But Robbie’s a pretty even-keeled guy, and he brings a smile every day. And I think you’ll still see that.”
If Cano has anything other than a great year, the Yankees will probably have a hard time winning the AL East. But if he does not have a great year he may be cheaper to re-sign. I doubt the pressure will affect him.