Seattle Swagger: Robinson Cano Signs For $240 Million With Mariners
The Robinson Cano Sweepstakes have a winner: the Seattle Mariners, who outbid the New York Yankees for the services of the star second baseman. The M’s agreed to sign Cano to a 10-year deal worth $240 million – and it includes a full no-trade clause. The news came through early Friday morning:
#Mariners and Cano agree. $240 million/10 years. Physical next monday in Seattle
— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) December 6, 2013
According to reports, negotiations between the Mariners, Cano and his agency team (headed by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z) hit a snag on Thursday night when Cano’s team reportedly wanted a 10-year pact eclipsing $260 million. Seattle was said to have offered nine years and $225 million, creating the impasse. However, that’s all in the past now, as both sides came to terms on an agreeable contract on Friday.
With Cano, the Mariners were able to make the biggest splash available on the free agent market. Though the deal carries Cano through age 41, a circumstance that could lend itself to second-guessing in six or seven years from now, it definitely helps the Mariners make a statement. They’ve been a non-factor in the American League West for years, and signing a player of Cano’s caliber accomplishes two big things: out-bidding the Yankees for a free agent (which almost never happens) and garners the team more credibility.
Cano, a five-time All-Star, hit .314/.383/.516 for the Yankees in 2013, swatting 27 home runs and driving in 107 RBIs. He’s also the picture of consistency, having played in at least 159 games in each of the past seven seasons.
Of course, the Mariners’ lineup as it looks right now still needs help if the team wants to contend with the consistently improving Oakland A’s, the resilient Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Cano’s acquisition also presents the team with the possibility of moving Nick Franklin or Brad Miller, talented young infielders that may have a hard time finding consistent playing time now that Cano is on-board. The Mariners continue to be linked to the trade talks regarding David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, as Seattle is desirous to add another quality pitcher to a rotation headed by Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma.
Whether the team makes any additional big moves remains to be seen, but for now they have definitely made a statement in bringing in Cano.
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