After an in-person meeting and a series of conversations last week, the Yankees and five-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano appeared to make tentative progress in contract negotiations. Cano’s representatives lowered their initial request, and the Yankees boosted their offer, according to people familiar with the situation.

But the difference between the two sides remains roughly $80 million, and one person involved in the discussions described the machinations as merely “cosmetic.” While Cano seeks a nine-year deal at $28 million per season, the Yankees are believed to have countered with a seven-year deal at about $24 million per season. With the Winter Meetings a week away, the two sides are “way too far” apart for a resolution in the near-future, the person said. No further meetings have been scheduled, though that could change quickly.

It is a protracted process at a time when the Yankees are operating with aggression. Their free-agent targets are multiple. They remain mindful of their $189 million payroll goal. And the team sounds comfortable with their offer to Cano, a seven-year deal worth around $170 million. In discussions last week, Cano’s agents from CAA and Roc Nation asked the Yankees for a nine-year package worth $252 million.

To the naked eye, that appears a sizable decrease from their earlier demand of a 10-year, $310 million contract. But the new proposal also contained an attainable vesting option for roughly another $28 to $30 million in the 10th year of the deal, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The Yankees are wary of both an eight-year deal and a $200 million payday. A representative from CAA reiterated the agency’s policy for not commenting on contract negotiations. A message left for general manager Brian Cashman went unreturned.

The two sides had not conducted substantive discussions since May, when Cano’s representatives presented the $310 million overture as the price necessary to skip free agency. After the Yankees declined, the two sides agreed to table talks until the winter.