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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. thisdamnbox - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    I admit I was wrong…Guess Cano is coming to Seattle…Ridiculous contract, but they have to overpay to get a FA here worth a damn. As long as he bats 3rd, 4th and 5th he should get some pitches to hit…

    • bh0673 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      As long as he has a bat behind him so they don’t pitch around him, look at his numbers in the first half of last year when he was the only real bat in the line up.

      • bh0673 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        He hit .257 with 20 strike outs in 28 games in May with no protection in the line up. Or you can look at it this way Albert Pujols the last 10 year mistake, leave the Cardinals for the Angels and since then has been pretty much a non entity. Meanwhile the Cardinals made it to the World Series last year without him and won the world series the year before meanwhile the Angels haven’t made the post season since 2009. Seattle has sunk a lot of money into a player they really can’t afford over 10 years when they will need more depth

      • belleby123 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        What numbers could he possibly put up to make him worth the money?

  2. klownboy - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    While I agree that my Yanks should not have given Cano 10 years (he’ll be 40 at the end of the deal), I’m sad that he is gone. We shouldn’t have over-paid for Jacoby Ellsbury (and A-Fraud).

    • bh0673 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      A-Rod was George’s last mistake, I think George outbid himself to keep A-Rod and look at all that money now wasted for the next 4 years. Perfect example of way this contract makes no sense. Now as far as Ellsbury if he stays healthy he may benefit form the short porch in right field and doesn’t have to carry the team to be effective. I do agree however it was a questionable signing for the Yankees.

      • dcarroll73 - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        I am sick of this “short porch” nonsense when the guy is coming to the Yanks from Boston. Are people so mesmerized by the Green Monsta that they don’t notice right field at Fenway? It is actually shorter than Yankee Stadium by a few feet at the pole, and about the same in the alley. As you move towards center it is a bit longer, but, come on people, this is not a big difference from where the guy has been playing his home games.

      • bh0673 - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        DCarroll the dimensions of the two ball parks do favor one hitter over the other. A right handed batter in Boston has the Green Monster to his advantage whereas Yankee stadium favors lefties. Go back and look at some of the stories from the past there was one that dealt with just that, at one time there was a joking conversation to trade Joe DiMaggio for Ted Williams since both would have benefited form the other ballpark. Yes the Pesky pole is closer but the layout of the field is not as favorable to a lefty since there is ground behind the foul pole.

      • bh0673 - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        Yankee Clipper for the Kid: The Biggest Trade That Never Occurred
        Rumor has it that in 1947, Tom Yawkey, Red Sox owner, and Lee MacPhail, the Yankee GM, had agreed to trade Williams to New York in exchange for DiMaggio.

        Had this trade been agreed upon, Yankee-Redsox history, no, baseball history would be extremely altered as we know it.

        So, what was the reason this trade never went through? Well, for one thing, Tom Yawkey and Lee MacPhail were both known to be drunk at the time the trade was proposed. More importantly, Yawkey wanted more for Williams.

        A young left-field prospect by the name of Yogi Berra to be exact.

      • drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        “Short porch” is not nonsense. It is very hard to hit one around the RF pole at Fenway. Conversely, it is very easy to hit homers to RF at NuYankee.

      • anxovies - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        dcarroll73: RF in Yankee Stadium is about 4 feet tall, the Monster is almost 40 feet tall. Think about it.

    • fpstratton - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      I agree with you, klownboy. Robinson Cano was an outstanding everyday player. He was the best player on the Yankees, and they gave him up. People are all of a sudden concerned about the Yankees overpaying for him? The Yankees overpay for everybody! Robinson Cano was more worth overspending on than Ellsbury (who I like, but who is not the impact player that Cano is and is much more injury-prone) and McCann.

      • pjmarn6 - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        Baseball players average 5 years of service. 95% do not play after they are 33. Therefore Seattle will be paying 240 million for a ball player who will be effective for 3 years or $80 million dollars a year.
        Of course Seattle will not be paying, (the fans will) but they will have a hard time to get fans to come out to see a has been.

  3. bbk1000 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Seattle…..a football town…..who would have thought…..

  4. jdillydawg - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    And Oakland will continue to beat them.

    I know the Mariners can afford this. I’m happy for Cano. I’m sad for the fans. Call me a cynic, but I just don’t see Seattle winning more than 75 games next year. Even if they get Price. I’ve seen it too many times, the Mariners just let me down year after year.

    I know people aren’t real fond of Yankees fans, but players who go to the Yankees seem play up a level. When they come to Seattle, it’s as if they’re forced to play down a level. I don’t get it. It’s a team awash in mediocrity on the ball field but run by some obviously very good businessmen. They continue to make a profit and I suppose if we’re looking at this from a business perspective, they’re batting 1000.

    But Billy Beane has got to be laughing his ass off right now…

    • bh0673 - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      You are right plus the one thing that hasn’t come out is the Yankees had to send Cano down to the minors not that long ago because he got too big for his own good and was lazy and with his buddy Melky Cabrera they both became a problem for the Yankees. Cano’s lack of maturity and leadership ability will be a major part of his undoing. It is sad he has natural ability but takes it for granted and eventually late into this contract it will begin to show if it doesn’t show immediately. On the other side his endorsement potential in New York would have paid much high dividends then they will in Seattle.

  5. disgracedfury - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    If the Mariners get Price and get another decent bat than they can beat the A’s.That being said the Yankees couldn’t give out another 10 year contract and even though they overpaid for Ellsbury it’s till the age of 36 where Cano would be 40 when his contract would be up.

  6. psychologyofsports - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:52 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 the 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.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      You wrote this earlier, and it was insipid then, too.

    • anxovies - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:20 PM

      I think Cano is rather self-absorbed and followed the money without much thought to any legacy that he might have had as a Yankee. Obviously, $50M or more meant more to him than a piece of granite beside Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, DiMaggio etc. A Yankee uniform and 4 or 5 more good years would have made him a first-ballot HOFer. I don’t think that will happen in Seattle in a bigger ballpark with a nondescript supporting cast. My guess is that he won’t do nearly as well as expected and the fans will turn on him. But he will be a lot richer.

  7. zinger99 - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    The Magic Man! Watch him turn doubles into singles!

    • lawrinson20 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      He’ll have over $140 million in the next ten years. How many endorsements does he need to make? How much exposure will he require? Besides that, it’s not as if Seattle is a hole in the ground. It’s in the United States. Super stars in major sports will still find commercial dollars if that’s what they require. But, the point is, with baseball, how many significant endorsement contracts can you point to? Basketball’s different. Five players on the court (per team) at a time. One or two stars per team. They’re recognizable – no helmets or hats. They’re freakishly tall. Baseball players are rather anonymous by nature. There are just limits on baseball endorsements. But, whatever — how much was he doing when he was in the media capital of the world? Not so much.

      Being a Yankee for a lifetime? Would you give the Yankees BACK the difference between the Ms and Yankees contracts in order to say you played in pinstripes your entire career? For some people, the experience he had may have been enough. It also may have been ‘enough’ dealing with the Steinbrenners. Having to pal around with Alex Rodriguez. Knowing the Yankees’ pitching staff isn’t so hot and they’re in the same division as the Sox, Orioles, Rays, and Blue Jays, fighting for one or two playoff spots.

      On the other hand, how much money can one person spend? Were it me — and i have expensive tastes — and it was a matter of playing for the Red Sox or going to some other city (excluding LA), i’d sacrifice quite a few millions. For the better odds of winning — and being happy/satisfied on a daily basis. For playing for the team i love. For living in a city in which i want to live. How many millions would i sacrifice? Dunno. If it were a matter of $230 versus $180 million? Maybe so. Unless i had designs on buying a sports franchise, i don’t know what that additional ‘in the pocket’ 20 million dollars would do for me. But, i’m not competitive in terms of salary. Maybe some players want to know they’re besting their friends in terms of contract values. Personally, i love what Dustin Pedroia did. Took less than market value to DO WHAT HE WANTED TO DO.

      Either way, this was quite a gift for me. I woke up to this news — that the RedSox no longer have to deal with him 19x per year in a Yankees uniform. Quite a gift. Thank you, Seattle. I may send you five dollars, myself, to help with the burden.

      Seattle was bold. They had to be, to be a player again. I hope it fails for them, as i find it patently ridiculous that people who have no other skills in life are being paid 20 million per year to play the same game they used to play for fun/free. And, if, suddenly, there were legislation that said no athlete could be paid more than 1 million per year, EVERY ONE OF THESE GUYS would still play those games. What would be their better alternatives? Okay. Rant over. Back to your regularly scheduled program…..

  8. blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Like the Cardinals did when Albert Puhols signed with the Angels, the Yankees brass secretly gasped a sigh of relief knowing that they will not have to pay this long, boat anchor of a contract; someone else will.

  9. suav3n - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    How’s jay z’s popularity in NY at the moment? Is he still rockin his NY hat?

  10. anxovies - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Bust a cap on the mutha nex time I see him at 40 40.

  11. ralphwilsonisrich - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    What in god name would be the Say Hey Kid be worth today, can only imagine

  12. buffalo65 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Bad contract or not,(and it is). Bottom line, the yanks lost their best player. Looks good on them.

  13. blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    This adds a whole new twist to “Sleepless in Seattle”, at least for the owners who will have to pay his salary.

    Robbie, before heading into obscurity, think of this…
    Your new team will finish 4 games better than last year’s team as a result of your contribution (and still out of the post season).

    It’s a bit ironic that two of your now former teammates could have given you some advice on your decision, but I don’t think you bothered to ask them…
    You could have asked Ichiro what it was like to be the best player (for 10 years) on lousy Seattle teams.
    A-Roid could have told you what its like to be a billionaire superstar weighing down a team with no chance to win. Remember, he did ask the Rangers to trade him.
    We’ll have to scrap the plans for your monument, and the HOF will miss having you voted in once you retire.

    On the plus side, I hear there is a secret Dominican community thriving in your new city, so there won’t be any temptation to take a 6 – 7 hour plane ride to get some home cooking.
    Your pal Jay-Z is really looking forward to leaving New York so he can hang with you at the Space Needle, and Starbucks. I’ll even bet he cuts a new song just for you.
    He can even take you to Seahawks Playoff games.
    BTW, your net worth is now greater than the GDP of the Dominican Republic, so they just might rename it the “Robbie Republic”.

    Enjoy the Starbucks and constant rain. Get used to losing, and remember to root for those Seahawks, because Seattle is a Football town, duh! :)

    And as a Yankee fan, sincerely thanks for the memories. And especially thanks for letting us get a new Catcher, CF, RF, 2B, SS/3B and 2 SPs, while remaining UNDER the CAP.
    We simply couldn’t have done it with you.

    Merry Christmas and Adios!

  14. sportsnut101 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Good for him yanks didn’t want to come up to 200 mill there final was 170 my thinking is why didn’t they trade him before deadline got a few players. Not just a draft pick they are going to get now
    U can put players on waivers all the way to end of aug.

    Looks like jeter n Beltran will share dh spot n just rotate outfield spots. Don’t trade Gardner because elisbury will be injured this season u can count on it

    They need two pitchers plus setup man n 2b or 3b oh wait it gets better. They need a 1b as well cux tex will be injured again

  15. tominma - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    In less than 5 years, Seattle will regret this signing. if not before! Ya think Pujols has lived up to his contract??

  16. psychologyofsports - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    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 the 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. ??

  17. bubba703 - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    It seems inevitable Seattle will regret signing Cano to ludicrous money after 3 years. it also seems inevitable the Yankees will trade for him once Seattle chokes on his salary and pay him even more.

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