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Robinson Cano agrees to $240 million deal with Mariners

Dec 6, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

Mariano Rivera, Robinson Cano AP

As of this morning the New York Daily News was reporting that the Mariners were no longer negotiating with Robinson Cano because of Jay Z’s attempts to raise the second baseman’s price tag at the last minute.

As of right now–and for the next 10 seasons–Cano is a Seattle Mariner.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that Cano and the Mariners have agreed to a 10-year, $240 million contract that ties Albert Pujols‘ deal with the Angels as the third-largest in MLB history. And if previous reports are to be believed–very iffy at this point, obviously–then Jay Z and his team of agents got Seattle to up its offer from $225 million to $240 million.

Throughout all the drama the Yankees have insisted that they wouldn’t go as high as $200 million for Cano and it turns out they stuck to their guns, letting him walk for $240 million while instead spending a combined $238 million on outside free agents Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann.

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  1. spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    This is great news for both the Yanks and the Mariners. If the Mariners can lure Price from the Rays, re-sign Ibanez, and make a play for Tanaka, then they are in the thick of things. The Yankees can now concentrate on filling their many holes, holes they could not have filled if Cano had been retained.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Nothing would have prevented the Yanks from continuing to fill holes even with signing Cano.

      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        But they couldn’t have filled them all, and now they can. I wrote about this yesterday, but in a nutshell now they have the funds to find 2 starters, one of high quality, a power hitting outfielder, a third baseman, a second baseman, and a closer.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        And the funds aren’t the issue. Plan 189 should be out the window because the Yanks are losing far more money putting a mediocre product on the field than paying the luxury tax. Here’s one report that they lost almost $58M in gate revenue last year (1). Here’s another article talking about how missing the playoffs has detrimental, snowballing effects for the Yanks(2).

        If the Yanks had a $240M payroll in ’14, they’d have paid $25.5M in tax [(240-189)/2]. That’s worth making the playoffs and a possible WS.

        1 –
        2 –

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        how much is the Mariners franchise worth?
        Cano better check their FICO score.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      is he getting paid US Dollars?

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM


      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Yes, just recently the Oregon territory was split, and a second state, also named Washington became part of the U.S.

        Must have missed it on page 9 of the Times.

    • Reflex - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Fantastic news for the M’s. Now they need to follow up with a outfielder and top flight starter(Price or Tanaka).

      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Exactly, and sign Ibanez too.

      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Hey Reflex quite a day for Seattle. The Peterson signing too. This date may become a city holiday or something.

  2. philswfc08 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    $240M for a 2B is friggin nuts, he wasn’t even worth what the Yanks were offering.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      what’s more nutz is Jigga wants the money in cash and in a brown bag.

  3. hojo20 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Even less motivation to run to first base.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      man, Cano just brushed the Yankees off his shoulders……

  4. jerze2387 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    This makes NO sense on a few levels.

    1. a 31 year old middle infielder a 10 year deal at 24 mil per. In a few years wont be so nice

    2. Some of seattles best young talent is middle infield. Franklin, top prospect. miller came up last year and played comperable to franklin (at least fantasy baseball said so lol). plus they always have Ackley/Seager that could play 2B where their bat projects as above avg 2B but ackley is a below average bat in the OF

    3. Seattle needs OF help more than anything. besides Saunders, who is really productive as an OF bat for them? Unless Cano can play LF, i dont see this making sense from a needs standpoint.

    • jerze2387 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      …and Jay-z “representing” cano. jay is supposedly a Yankees fan, a loyal new yorker, and directs Cano to seattle? smh

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Jay Z is an agent, its his responsibility to get his client the best deal he can get, which he did.

        Btw, how long do we have to wait before calling everyone out for posting, less than an hour ago, how much Jay Z was screwing things up?

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        yeah, because you would turn that money down.

      • jerze2387 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        Not saying id turn it down. But consider potential Endorsements. NY woul likely have better opportunity for that.

        And i just pointed it out to prove my Jay-Z theory that hes the type to piss on new yorkers leg and tell em its raining is all.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        He already has a deal with Pepsi. Also it was something like a $3M difference in AAV that most endorsements aren’t going to make up, nor the extra 3 years or $75M difference in total contract costs.

    • jeffford2013 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      It makes sense if they can spin Miller or Franklin into a deal for Kemp.

      • jerze2387 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        ..OR if the Yankees can grab Miller or Franklin.

    • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      It makes perfect sense. Seattle needed to make a splash, even if they overpaid. This is a franchise that once drew 4 mil, and can again if they put a viable product on the field. And they still have lots of cash left, about 30 mil at least and that only takes them to 90 mil.

      • jerze2387 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        thats THIS season. When Felix gets a raise, etc, the team will be hamstrung in about 5 years paying a 36 year old 2B 1/4 of the teams salary. How are they gonna resign walker, zunino, franklin, seager, etc with their young talent? Looks good now but not a lot of foresight

      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        Well for one, they will be raking in a lot more dough, through the gates, they renew their TV contract next year, and currently only sit at 60 mil in salary for the 2013 with the addition of Cano included. I’d say they are still sitting pretty.

      • jerze2387 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        theyre sitting pretty for 2013, maybe through 2015. But theyve made their window to compete rather small. New TV deal, year at the gates is all well and good, but they still arent exactly the New York or Boston or even Los Angeles market in terms of baseball. They wont have the $200mil payrolls. So $24 mil a year tied up in 1 player, an aging one at that, will be a large chunk of their payroll, especially with young talent in line for pay raises. When some of the young guys hit arbitration, that cushion they have now will shrink fast

      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        What! They drew 4 million people. I believe only 2 other franchises have ever done that and I think only once each.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      not a bad deal, Beyoncé has to sing the national anthem @ all home games.

  5. brenenostler - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Yankees offered him $21 million a year. He’s getting $24 from Seattle. That extra $3 isn’t worth it when you’re on the worst team in the league. Meanwhile expect the Yankees to win one or two World Series in the next 10 years.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Yanks offered a 7 year deal, Mariners offered a 10 year deal. It’s far more than just $3M a year.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      By what measure are the Mariners the worst team in the league? Certainly not by wins, which, last time I checked, was the only one that matters.

    • jm91rs - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Fuzzy math. 3 mil per year plus more years. You think he was going to play out the Yankees contract and then get another deal for 21 mil per as a 38 year old? He took the money, a hell of a lot if it. Can’t blame him for that unless you’re a Yankees fan.

  6. brockw82 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    No playoffs in Seattle Robbie, don’t ya know?

    • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Versus, that memorable 2013 Play-off run the Yanks made.

      • brockw82 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        uh, 2001 vs. 2012

      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        One trip to the WS in the last 10 years.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      I’m sure Yankee fans love to point to history, but I think Seattle and the Yankees have exactly the same chance of making the playoffs next year. And Seattle probably has a better chance for 2015.

      He took the most money. The Yankees are usually the team that offers the most money, so I can understand why Yankee fans are confused by what just happened.

      Players are all mercenaries. They don’t care about you, me, or your precious team’s history.

      • anxovies - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        Derek cares. He sent your sister a gift basket.

  7. buffalochris - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Here’s how/why this just happened:

    Here’s why the Mariners just signed Cano…. They’re mattress is a little flush with cash after the last couple years, and they’re in line to opt out of their TV contract and start stuffing Cano’s mattress full!

    In 2007, the Seattle Mariners inked a new 10-year, $450 million cable television deal with FSN Northwest that began in 2011. It was a rich deal for the times. The Mariners, who play in the 12th largest media market, can opt out of their deal after the 2015 season. The Mariners could get an average of at least $70 million a year, according to media consultants. DirecTV (which purchased FSN Northwest from Fox and re-branded it ROOT Sports), has right of first refusal if the Mariners opt out of their current deal and would be willing to bid up the rights fee to avoid losing the Mariners to cable operator Comcast, which recently launched an RSN with Houston‘s Rockets of the NBA and Astros of MLB, and has a similar arrangement in Chicago that includes MLB’s Cubs and White Sox, the NHL’s Blackhawks and NBA’s Bulls.

    It’s almost EXACTLY how/why the Angles did the Pujols deal…. they’re stupid rich coming off their TV too!

    So now if the Mariners can “improve ratings” this season then they’ll have a much better bargaining chip. Thanks Jay-Z for sticking around, but this has NOTHING to do with your ability…. all marketing & TV revenue!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      You could have made a much shorter statement by linking this:

      The Mariners have, essentially, only Felix Hernandez signed longer than 2014. They have a ton of free cash opening up.

    • Old Gator - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      And yet even the profligate Angels are starting to feel the pinch of all the awful contracts with which they’ve stuck themselves. Where are the Mariners going to get the money to fill all their other holes? Even if you think Cano is a ten game swing (which I doubt), he doesn’t translate directly into a playoff berth. This contract is going to be no less of an albatross than the one A-Roid once signed with Texas.

    • sbmcintosh36 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Your info is correct but I really don’t think I’d use the Houston deal as a comparison that has been a complete and utter disaster for the viewers (lack of) in Houston .
      Ask Jim Crane’s lawyers how it’s worked out.

    • champion1149 - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      The Mariners Organization actually own the a controlling interest in ROOT Sports and already stand to make in excess of $117M per year starting in 2015.

  8. rcali - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Nice work Jay Z! Great marketing move for your client. Seattle fans, nice get for your for at least the next 3-4 years. Long term it will be another excuse for management to play poor.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Yankees have 99 problems @ 2nd base.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    We will miss you Robbie, but I am glad I will not have to read articles about what the Yabnkees should do with 40 y.o. Cano still making $24MM/year (though it 10 years that might not seem like much.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Thanks for helping us win the WS.
      Best of luck.

  10. moagecu - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Hope they don’t let him wear #24

    • doubledown44 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Maybe he can petition to wear number 240.

  11. ptfu - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Craig went on vacation thinking it would be a quiet week in baseball. Naturally we’re up to our eyeballs in deals and rumors and dog knows what. Craig, how about staying on vacation so my team can fill a few holes? :-)

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      you snooze you lose…………………….
      later Craig!

    • Old Gator - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Why? Craig went to Disney World. Sounds like the Seattle F/O went to the same place – Fantasyland, most likely. Like Uncle Walt, Jack Zduriencik will be dunking his morning donut in a glass of scotch in the not too distant future.

      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Hey, leave Walt alone.

  12. emaney477 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Being an all time great Mariner is a lot different than being an all time great Yankee. There is no way he will put up the same numbers offensively, partly based on the ballpark. I hope you enjoy money more than winning. I get 240 is a lot more than 170. But when you are already guaranteed 170 mil over 7 years, can you really spend it. I have to figure, when a salary reaches over 100 mil, what’s the point of more money, after the 100 mil, the rest should be based on comfort.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM


  13. phillysports1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Mariners fans will be salty in a few years . So no biggie

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Phillysportssuck1, you have your own problems, who cares what you think

  14. pilonflats - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    boras needs to record a rap about cano getting jay z’d

  15. emaney477 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    To buffalochris,

    I don’t know how much cano will help ratings. He was the face of the team this year, and when they were winning and in 1st place in the first half of the season, the ratings were at a all time low for YES Network. I have to imagine that is the main reason for the Yankees not wanting to offer mor than they did.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      The only thing that helps ratings is winning.

  16. rbj1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    I hope that all those Mariner fans who were upset when A-Rod took Tom Hicks’ $250 million will be equally upset now that Seattle has lured a home grown player away from his team with oodles of cash.

    • Jack Marshall - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Uh, I think the Yankees are estopped from feeling abused when a team lures a home grown player away from NY with oodles of cash.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      How is Cano home-grown? He was signed as an international free agent.

  17. gatorprof - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Desperation move by Seattle. One they will regret within 4 years.

    St. Louis doesn’t regret letting Albert Pujols go and the Yankees won’t regret letting Cano go. The Yanks had him at a good value price during his prime years. He can now go to the Pacific NW and fade into oblivion.

    The Yanks can put that money to use filling holes.

    • paperlions - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      This. When you get the best years on the cheap and let a player go…that is far better than giving them a crazy contract to keep the player. There are some differences between the Cardinal situation and the Yankee situation. The Cardinals had other younger players nearing FA they could immediately extend and they had a viable (indeed a better player at that point) option to replace Pujols at 1B…as well as a lot of talent nearing the majors.

      The key for the Yankees is how they fill other holes with money saved. They don’t really have anyone else on the roster to extend, nor do they have a lot of impact bats or arms on the way….but if they use any money they have available now to address the rotation (Tanaka and/or Garza?) and bullpen. They could be just as good as if they had signed Cano, and better off in the long-run.

      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        I’ve been saying this for the past two days, although not sure Garza is the answer they are looking for.

        But it is still wise for Seattle too.

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

        Yeah. Seattle has a lot of money to spend and they have some good young pitching on the way….even though it seems like none of their highly touted position prospects have panned out as well as hoped, at least, so far.

      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Yeah, I tend to agree, but Seager is doing OK, and too soon to tell on Zunino. But Franklin was actually performing well too before he got hurt.

      • paperlions - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Yeah, forgot about Seager, was thinking more about Zunino (who seems horribly rushed through his development), Ackley (who went backwards), Smoak (for whom little hope remains) and Montero (who is horrible)….Franklin apparently can’t play SS, but that Miller kid seems solid so far. Lot of IF prospects there.

      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Spot on PL. Agree with all. Hope Zunino can develop. Smoak is a Joke, and Montero is indeed horrible, but I have been predicting that forever. Franklin probably goes somewhere else, but for a little guy he has pop, can run and plays an above average 2B. He will find a place somewhere, maybe Tampa Bay, maybe NY.

  18. jcfinest - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    He’s got 99 problems but money ain’t one.

  19. phillysports1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Last thing Cano cares about its his broken English . Wtf

  20. ws0001 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    So much for CAA/Jay Z supposedly overplaying their hand. Apparently, this is the steep cost that comes with the team being 15th in the AL in average and 13th in on base. They placed a lot of their eggs into the basket of their prospects (Seager, Smoak, Miller, Ackley, Saunders, Franklin, Montero, etc) and have not gotten the returns. As good as Iwakuma and Hernadez are, they need to be able to score 2 in order to win 2-1.

  21. bravojawja - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Dear Yankees:

    I hear you need a second baseman. Call me!

    The Atlanta Braves

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Dear Braves, we’ve scanned your roster and don’t see a 2b. Thanks for the call:

      • bravojawja - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM


      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Now if you’d like to talk about a RF. We may be interested :)

  22. happster - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Dumb, dumb, dumb for the Mariners to handcuff themselves to any player for that long. All their eggs are in one basket, and baskets like him will peter out long before this contract is done.

    • Old Gator - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM


  23. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    this is an excellent deal!
    Albert Pujols Josh Hamilton and Joe Maur

  24. APBA Guy - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    I suppose that Seattle will have the “Robbie Roll” now to replace the Ichi-roll they used to have. Cano will discover what the word “obscurity” means, as well as the phrase “comfortable in his decline”.

    Seattle had to do something because attendance was dropping like a brick and no free agent wanted to play there. A team famous for the Richie Sexson and Chone Figgins contracts is quite comfortable making a bad deal.

    • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Yes, that Obscure Wilderness in the Northwest, home to Bill Gates, Jeff Besos, and Phil Knight.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        We have to be getting trolled here. Did people just discover Seattle in the last two years or something?

      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        No this is Northeast solipsism.

      • jfk69 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Too bad they don’t play baseball. I hear Paul Allen is trying.

      • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Versus, all those NE executive/players.

  25. m3dman3 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    And with a flash of a pen Canos career has ended, way to go Jay Z.

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