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Ron Darling: Robinson Cano's asking price 'outrageous'

Former professional baseball player Ron Darling attends Joe

Former professional baseball player Ron Darling attends Joe Torre's Safe At Home Foundation's 10th Anniversary Gala at Pier 60 on Jan. 24, 2013. Credit: Getty Images

Ron Darling, a TBS and SNY analyst, said Thursday of Robinson Cano's reported $310 million contract request, "The number is outrageous, and it makes no sense."

Speaking on a conference call to promote Turner's playoff coverage, Darling attributed the attention-grabbing number to Cano's new representation -- Roc Nation Sports, headed by Jay Z -- seeking to make a splash. But he said if he owned the Yankees the fact the figure was made public would have angered him.

"I realize what they're doing," Darling said, "but I don't think anyone is taking it seriously."

Said Darling's TBS partner, Cal Ripken Jr., "I shake my head a lot of times because I think it's hard to figure out the negotiating game. But that's kind of the reality of where we are. Robinson Cano is that caliber of player. I can't say it offends me or bothers me. It just seems like that's where we are."

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