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Rumors galore: Robinson Cano may have met with Tigers on Friday

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As is seemingly the case every year when the Thanksgiving holiday nears and the baseball news cycle begins to slow down a bit, wild rumors begin to surface to pick up the slack. It appears this year will be no different, since rumors began flying on Friday night that free agent second baseman Robinson Cano was in Detroit and possibly meeting with the Tigers about a contract.

A week ago, such a rumor would not have seemed so crazy. However, Wednesday’s shocking trade that saw Detroit ship first baseman Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for another All-Star second baseman, Ian Kinsler, would seemingly take them out of the market for a player at the same position who’s seeking a $300 million contract. But there's nothing saying Detroit wouldn't be open to trading Kinsler right away if they were able to sign the coveted Cano.

It's all speculation, and likely baseless speculation at that, which has been fueled by a pair of tweets over the past 48 hours.

Here's the first:

Here's the other from Friday.

For whatever it's worth, the same person also tweeted:

There was enough smoke here for Tony Paul of the Detroit News to do some serious digging into the matter. Here's what Paul came up with:

Now, this might be just coincidence. There’s a good chance that it is.

But ...

There was, indeed, a charter plane that took off from Teterboro, N.J., about a half-hour outside New York City, at 6:59 a.m. Friday and landed at Willow Run 90 minutes later. The plane then sat at Willow Run until 2:04 p.m., when it headed back to Teterboro. The plane in question is a Kelso Air-owned business jet, a Bombardier Challenger 600, which seats between 14 and 18 passengers. This plane could cost as much as $4,100 per hour to charter, or more than $32,000 for this particular trip — impressive, to be sure, but not much of a dent for someone who made, say, $15 million in salary in 2013.

This jet also has made no other recent trips to Michigan. Its recent getaways include such locales as Augusta, Ga. (home of swanky Augusta National Golf Club); Bermuda; Sacramento, Calif.; San Diego; and Chicago.

There was no word from either airport on whether Cano had been on board. An employee in the administration office at Teterboro said even if he had that information, he couldn’t disclose it. There was no answer at Willow Run on Friday evening.

So some of the logistics might match up, but beyond that there's no confirmation that Robinson Cano, his agent Jay-Z, or any member of Roc Nation Sports (Jay-Z's sports agency) was in Detroit or has met with Tigers officials. It's also worth noting that Jay-Z was spotted with wife Beyonce at Thursday night's Clippers-Thunder game in Oklahoma City and was with NBA client Kevin Durant on Friday.

For now, it seems pretty safe to keep the rumored meeting labeled as just that — a rumor. But if the two sides do end up coming to an agreement this offseason, we might be able to point to this "secret meeting" as a game-changing moment.

Until that moment arrives, though, carry on. Nothing to see here.

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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