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Report: Mariners break off talks with Robinson Cano after Jay Z “overplayed his hand”

Dec 6, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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Just when it looked like Robinson Cano was ready to say goodbye to the Yankees and sign a massive long-term contract with the Mariners talks have broken down and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that “Cano’s chances of landing in Seattle have apparently ended on a sour note.”

According to Feinsand the contract talks “collapsed after Jay Z apparently overplayed his hand in a negotiating session with the Mariners” by asking for a 10-year, $252 million deal following “assurances” that Seattle would do $225 million over nine years. Mariners chief executive officer Howard Lincoln reportedly “exploded” after Jay Z upped the demands mid-meeting.

Cano’s father, Jose Cano, spoke publicly about the situation earlier Thursday, saying that “the Yankees don’t seem to want him” and adding to speculation that the second baseman was ready to leave New York. Yet if Feinsand’s sources are correct the Mariners are no longer an option for Cano, leaving the Yankees as “his lone suitor” despite a significantly lesser offer believed to be in the seven-year, $170 million range.

UPDATE: Cano to the Mariners might not be dead quite yet …

  1. themagicfanguy - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    @beelza Just a FYI, Jay Z isn’t from the ghetto. He was raised with money, probably more than you or I. That’s why I hate his whole “rags to riches” act.

    • mick2014 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      Cano got his WS ring in 2008 already might aswell just take the ranson now.

      • mick2014 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        *Ransom

      • rje49 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        Make that 2009, while you’re at it.

    • beelza - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Satire, my man.

  2. thesteelskirt - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Jay-Z thinks Cano should be a megastar and not a baseball star. The problem is Cano is not Jordan and baseball is not a limited engagement, the baseball teams could give a hoot about what Cano’s Q score is. They care about baseball stats and that is it.

  3. greymares - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    My take is Seattle came to their senses and had plenty of second thoughts. lucky for them an in experienced agent gave them a chance to get out gracefully without looking like the bad guy. Cano will stay in N.Y. with something like 7 yrs. 170.

  4. rdillon99 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Looks like Jay Z now has 100 problems

  5. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    What, Jay Z isn’t the savvy negotiator that he thinks he is? Color me shocked.

    • spursareold - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      You don’t become Scott Boras overnight. Even Scott Boras didn’t. It takes time to acquire that stable of elite players where you can call the shots with the threat of no FA ever going to that team again.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        That’s because most agents went to law school where you learn how to negotiate. Not rapper school.

  6. yournuts - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I love Robinson Cano, I am a Yankee fan and I expect that the Cano group is only trying to exploit the Yankees to pay more than what Robbie is worth.

  7. slaugin - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I just don’t understand why the Ms gave in and added a 10th year, they were basically bidding against theirselves… I really wish they stood their ground just to stick it to Jay Z.

    • spursareold - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      RIF. The Mariners didn’t offer it. Jay Z asked for it and was rebuffed.

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