JUPITER, Fla. -- An intrasquad matchup between two precocious talents Wednesday left Giancarlo Stanton dazed and Jose Fernandez shaken.
Stanton was hit in the back of the helmet during a Miami Marlins intrasquad game by a fastball that got away from Fernandez, the team's top pitching prospect. Stanton remained on his feet but left the game and said the beaning affected his eyesight.
"I wasn't dizzy," he said. "I saw a little grayness and fuzziness on the outside of my eyes, but it's subsiding now."
Stanton said he didn't expect to miss any playing time, but further medical evaluation was planned.
The New York Yankees have talked to Robinson Cano's agent about a "significant" long-term contract for the star second baseman, owner Hal Steinbrenner said.
The Yankees traditionally refuse to negotiate any extensions on existing contracts, but Steinbrenner repeatedly has indicated that he might make an exception for Cano, who is set to become a free agent following the 2013 season.
Steinbrenner, who said earlier this month that there had been "a conversation or two" about Cano, confirmed Tuesday that the Yankees talked with the second baseman's agent, Scott Boras.
"We expressed to Scott how much we liked Robbie and what a great Yankee he's been and we hope he continues his career here for a long time to come," Steinbrenner told reporters, according to Newsday. "We just indicated to him, on a very preliminary basis, that we were willing to consider a significant long-term contract, and left it at that. There's nothing really to report since then."
Cano, 30, will play this season under a team option that will pay him $15 million. But Boras is expected to seek a deal similar to what the Cincinnati Reds are paying Joey Votto ($225 million over 10 years) or what the Los Angeles Angels are paying Albert Pujols ($240 million for 10 years).
Steinbrenner said Tuesday that the conversation with Boras was "very broad."
"The main purpose of the conversation was just to let him know we want Robbie to continue to be a Yankee and we appreciate all his contributions," Steinbrenner said.
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