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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. gomer1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    The way things are trending in MLB, Mike Trout’s going to get 20 years, 500 million lol.

    • sidelineshot - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Good one !
      Teams will have to supply Nike walking canes to these dudes.

    • ilovegspot - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Kershaw already turned down $300 mil from the Dodgers. He want to test free agency next year at 26.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        for 300 million he can buy the Mariners.

    • j0esixpack - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Although I can’t stand the Yankees, this was unquestionably the right move to let Cano walk

      Sure they overpaid Ellsbury too – but it makes more sense to overpay at $150 million than $240 million

      The “savings” will allow them to add some starting pitching which they more desperately need.

      Ultimately the Yankees shot themselves in the foot years ago by banking on expensive and aging free agents rather than developing their farm system better like the Red Sox did. It’s tough to argue with the results of each team and how many championships they’ve won over the last 10 years – and who is projected to win more of the next 10.

      My how the worm has turned.

  2. phillysports1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Fanofevilempire . Every team in NY are clowns right now . Who’s your best football team right now ???? Buffalo bills ? 😂

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      clowns, really.


      now that is funny,hahahahhahahaahhahaah

  3. Youknowimright - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    and he was never heard of again. the end.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      You’re right, baseball is only played and reported upon in New York. Our bad.

      • Youknowimright - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        exactly. now you are getting it. good for you.

      • 18thstreet - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Well, until October, anyway.

      • bh0673 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        The problems with Cano is his lack of maturity which was kept in check in New York and the fact that unless they have another decent hitter behind Cano in the line up they can and will pitch around him just like they did last year in New York for the first half of the season

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      your funny, you have jokes.
      who is your team, and where do you live, let’s see if we hear from you.

      • Youknowimright - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        Wow! You are angry! I’m a yanks fan, if you must know. The let’s see if we hear from you thing is just disturbing. You should talk to someone about that.

  4. pisano - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Good for him, now the Yankees will get Infante and a couple others and stay under the cap. This works for all concerned.

  5. drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Let me get this straight.

    $21M to Ellsbury for 7 years: good
    $24M to Cano for 10 years: bad

    LOL. The Yankees have blown it again. Hahahahahaha.

    • artthoumad - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      actually the NYY offered Cano around the same AAV (24-25) the only difference was the years. NYY only wanted to give him 7 because they didnt want to be stuck in the tail end of a 10 year contract paying a player for being mediocre when he’s 40.

      • drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        True, but given inflation and the ever-rising contracts of baseball, the price of those extra three years will get smaller and smaller over time. While Cano is a much superior player to Ellsbury.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        the Yankees offer him 170 mil, that is not the same as 240 mil.
        Take off your socks and shoes and count.

    • bh0673 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Look at the 10 years verses 7 years this way, they are stuck with A-Rod for another 4 years and there is $27 million that is a problem this year and $20 million for the following 3 years for a .244 hitter who’s body is breaking down. Cano is not disciplined enough nor mature enough to carry a team, he will be good and I will bet Seattle will get 5 years of production but after that he will a payroll drain they will regret signing. I do agree with you on Ellsbury being a risk but the short porch in left field at Yankee stadium may benefit him.

  6. sabatimus - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Cashman should be fired for this debacle.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      I would have fired him after Bernie got kicked out but then came Posada too.
      Cash rather give a Red Sox player a bad F/A contract then pay his own guy.
      And don’t forget what he did to Jeter.

  7. stephenolszewski - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Yikes 10 year deals never work, but glad a team like Seattle could get a top of the line FA makes the MLB that much more fun to watch

  8. dtownbeatdown - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Mariners just got fleeced. 10 years? He will be 40!

    This is crazy… all these athletes are all about the money. Nobody in the mlb is worth more than a 8 year deal… these guys are athletes but not invincible to injury.

    So the Seattle mariners are now Robinson Cano and the Tacoma Rainiers. Good luck!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Nobody in the mlb is worth more than a 8 year deal… these guys are athletes but not invincible to injury.

      MLB is approaching $9B in total revenues this year. If everyone is only worth $8M a year, where does the rest of that money go, to the owners? Give me a break…

      • forsch31 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        How about the minor league players, who really got screwed by the players union and owners?

      • agent0027 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        They said 8 years, not $8 million

  9. drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I mean, they could have kept Granderson instead of Ellsbury and gotten better value for the dollar. Which is important since the Yankees apparently do have limits to spending.

    Ells-Grandy is probably a wash, and they let Cano go.

    This is pre-Christmas fun.

    • sidelineshot - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Your point is right on.
      Makes you wonder who’s calling the shots in the Bronx.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      I know way is Ells/Grandy a wash. One is a premium defender in a spot where defense matters and is a great baserunner while the other, that’s 2.5 years older is a poor defender whose speed on the bases is declining. And that’s not even discussing their offense.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Err “in no way” not I know way. Me fail english…

      • drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Cano is a poor defender? Two years ago he was considering among the best. He’s declined that much in two years?

    • 18thstreet - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Good grief. On what planet is Ellsbury just as good as Granderson?

      • drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        By WAR, but also by health track record. Grandy’s a superior hitter to Ells unless his past season is what he’ll be at going forward.

      • 18thstreet - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        I hereby renounce statistics.

  10. themagicfanguy - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Good job signing the new albatross Seattle, now have fun wasting all that money on not winning anything.

  11. drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    It’s really funny to see Yankees fans now do a 180 and start saying how Seattle is going to regret this contract in 2-3 years.

    • tigertigerwoodsyall - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Not all Yankees fans are saying it. cano is a stud and they should have built around him sooner.

  12. pariseinminnesotabichez - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Hahahahahaha he won’t ever win anything again, enjoy your money Cano

  13. potzrebie - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Why I gave up watching baseball long ago. No way in hell is any baseball player worth $240 million dollars.

    • spudchukar - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      But you spend time on a Baseball Blog instead?

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        spud, you funny!

    • nategearhart - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Exactly how much do you think a baseball player is worth? Keep in mind the insane amount of money baseball is making, and who exactly is generating all of it.

  14. metintodd - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Here’s a novel idea for the Yankees. Why not try building up your farm system once in awhile instead of trying to buy your way into the World Series every year. If that’s what you want to do, just write out a check and we’ll cancel the regular season.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Because it takes more than money to do that. Or did I miss seeing the Cubs, Mets, Dodgers and Angels all win WS in the last few years?

      • agent0027 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        Don’t lump the Dodgers in with those teams. They’ve only had 1, maybe 1.5 years as a big spending team. They’re in the 2nd biggest market in the US, but during the McCourt years were operating under $90 million.

        And why does everybody fail to mention the Red Sox as big spenders? I think they won a Series recently…

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      yes, good idea, we should develop players like Bernie, Jeter, Posada, Pettite, Mo Rivera, Donnie Baseball, Buhner, Ted Lilly…………………….and many, many more.

      Todd, who is your team ?

      Choke on that for a few.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        I love when people tell the Yankees develop players.
        Funny sheet!

      • agent0027 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        Don’t forget Brett Gardner, he’s about all you’ve got left now

      • drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        LOL. Jeter was drafted in 1992. 21 YEARS AGO. And he is the most recent player in your list to be drafted by NYY.

        And Buhner and Lilly weren’t drafted by the Yankees.

        Fail Factor Five.

  15. suav3n - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Firstly, I am a Yanks fan. I am not one of those who thinks the Yankees are the best of the best every year. I think highly of many other teams. I know many people label Yankee fans as arrogant, which sometimes applies, but I am none of those.

    I am not really all that mad about this and here is why: I’ll take McCann and Ellsbury over Cano. Yea you can talk Granderson, but I am not sold. I have always liked Ellsbury, even though he is injury prone and a Red Sock. The Yankees tried to get all 3, but Cano chose the money road over possibly winning. That is his right and choice.

    10 year contracts are a death sentence if you take into consideration the ones we have seen (Pujols, et all). I read it already, sometimes the best deals are the ones you don’t make. The Yankees just could not make this one.

    The Yankees are obviously trying to build up a team that has gotten very, but to do that, you need more than 1 guy. You need several, including pitching. If they sign Cano to an absurd contract, they can’t get any pitching help which is needed desperately.

    Having said that, I continually find it interesting how players will sacrifice winning for more $$$. Don’t get me wrong, it is a business and that’s how it goes. Maybe that’s just me because I am not the one that’s a millionaire. Given the choice, for me, 175m and winning on the most storied franchise in sports is much more attractive than 240m and losing for a decade on a habitual losing team. He even won a WS with the team (NY) already.

    Unless of course the M’s start winning, but given this contract, I don’t see how the M’s aren’t going to be crippled financially. The Yankees can afford it because their franchise is worth so much. They have the history and name the Mariners do not.

    I think it’s a bad move for Cano. Sure, hes going to make more per year, but if he would have taken a little less and stayed where he was loved he would be better off. 175m is not chump change. He has a name and face in NY. I guess he could now in Seattle, but that remains to be seen.

    Overall, I can’t blame the Yankees for passing on this. That contract is horrendous. You can’t build an old team up while making deals like that, which is what the yankees are: OLD, but not stupid.

    • tmohr - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Cano’s career WAR is almost exactly that of both Ellsbury and McCann combined, so I’d rather have him and a league-replacement CF and C.

      That said, I don’t think any player is worth a 10-year contract at age 30.

      • suav3n - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        WAR is debatable. Will have to wait and see I guess.

        GL to Cano though, he played well for NY. I’m not going to bash him for his choice even if I personally would choose differently. It is his life, not ours.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Cano left because he wasn’t worth what Ellsbury is to the Yankees, so Cano brushed the Yankees off his shoulders.

      240 MIL > 170 MIL, I even counted with my toes.

  16. psychologyofsports - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    What was Robinson Cano thinking? On first blush he was not. Without knowing the Yankees offer which I am sure we are going to find out Cano followed the money.
    Clearly Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract altered the Yankees and Cano’s landscape and perhaps his thinking and feelings. Players have feelings you know!
    And as for the Yankees why did they let Cano go?
    It makes little sense for Cano to go to Seattle he will not get the exposure he will get in New York nor the endorsements. Neither will Cano benefit from status and all that goes with being a Yankee for a lifetime, you cannot put a dollar amount on that.
    You have to wonder what part Jay-Z played in this. Jay-Z is a fledgling sports agent who needed to get a stunning contract for his client Cano.

    • suav3n - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM


    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Cano already has endorsements, and the offer he signed is $80M more than what the Yanks were offering. It’s not difficult to understand why he choose the Sea deal.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      an agents job is to get the best contract for his client, it’s up to Cano if he wants to sign it.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      This isn’t hard to figure out, as you can see.

  17. doctorfootball - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Now, the media should be up in arms about how much the Mariners overpaid in both dollars and years just like they are when one of the big teams make these kinds of deals.

  18. Stiller43 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    VASTLY overpaid

  19. csbanter - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Cano has won a World Series ring already , at this point it’s safe to say he doesn’t care about his legacy in New York. It’s time for some fans(Yankees) in particular to get over this whole notion that a player is not great if he doesn’t retire a Yankee. It’s crazy all of a sudden Cano is not as good because he left the Yanks.

    • tigertigerwoodsyall - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Players rarely retire as Yankees. I think what you meant to say was that Yankees fans don’t understand why players wouldn’t automatically choose to play for them. It’s not an arrogance thing, either. It’s the tradition and strong winning history that makes us think that way.

  20. ToddHaleysSpiderInfestedHouse - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    So much for those big New York endorsement deals. On the bright side, “Cano” is close enough in spelling to “canoe”, so maybe Robbie can endorse some of the local canoe dealerships. Isn’t that what they do for fun up in Seattle?

  21. rodh32340 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Wonder if Eric Bedard is available?

  22. steelers88 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Sucks baseball teams haven’t realized that players can’t take steroids anymore. Production will drop around age 35. However it doesn’t suck I can now name 2 players that play for the Mariners.

  23. csbanter - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    So does this mean Jay Z will stop rockin his New York Yankees Cap in favor of a Mariners Cap. It would be foolish for Jay to rock the NY when it was him and his team that guided Cano out of town.

  24. baredon - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Nobody is worth that kind of money… And for that many years… Owners are just stupid to pay…. But the stadium will be full of “average Joe” idiots who are willing to pay $10 for a cup of beer…

    So more power to the rich….!!

  25. materialman80 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    You would think folks would learn from StrayRod and Pujols about these insane contracts. Seattle is absolutely insane.

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