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Robinson Cano will take his time on plans for 2014

Robinson Cano of the Yankees reacts to a

Robinson Cano of the Yankees reacts to a pitch during his fifth inning at-bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. (Sept. 25, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Robinson Cano, who has emerged as the most valuable Yankee while injuries incapacitated the All-Stars around him, Wednesday told's Wallace Matthews that he made no decision regarding his status as a free agent at season's end.

"If we don't make it to the playoffs," Cano said, "I want to take my time, go on vacation and relax. Then I want to sit down with my family and decide what we gonna do."

Cano this year signed the hip-hop star Jay Z as his agent. At 30, he is a .309 career hitter and leads the Yankees in average (.315), home runs (27) and runs batted in (106), including a first-inning, run-scoring double against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night.

Cano's nine major league seasons all have been with the Yankees and he acknowledged that he has made no decisions regarding free agency or whether he would be interested in changing teams.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi praised Cano's handling of increased expectations because of injuries to headliners Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.

"He's walked more this year than he ever has before" -- a team-leading 64 times. "There are two schools of thought there," Girardi said. "They pitched around him and he should walk more. But the other thing is that, knowing what we needed him to do, he might've become more aggressive and gone out of his zone more. I didn't see that."


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