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Robinson Cano “didn’t want to play” for Joe Girardi

Dec 7, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

Cano Girardi AP AP

Now that second baseman Robinson Cano has reportedly accepted a 10-year, $240 million contract to leave the Yankees for the Mariners, we can open the floodgates on some anonymously-sourced bad-mouthing. We have our first such story from the Cano side of things, courtesy of George A. King III of the New York Post:

“Robbie didn’t like batting second, he wanted to bat in the middle of the order,’’ one person said. “The Yankees wanted him second because that was best for the team. He wanted to hit in the middle of the order to drive in runs [to increase his value].’’

Through the middle of June, Cano shuttled between second and third in a lineup that didn’t have Derek Jeter to hit second or Rodriguez in the cleanup spot.

For the season, Cano batted third in 110 games, hitting .319 with 16 homers, 73 RBIs and an OPS of .886. As the No. 2 hitter in 42 games, he hit .308 with 10 homers, 30 RBIs and a .955 OPS.

“He told me he didn’t want to play for [Girardi],’’ a friend of Cano’s said.

Maybe Cano didn’t like batting second. Maybe Cano didn’t like playing for Girardi. Both plausible scenarios. And it certainly makes for juicy gossip after the fact. But as King says in the article, it’s safe to assume that neither were important factors in his decision to choose the Mariners. As most of these situations go, it ultimately came down to the money. If the right offer was there from the Yankees, Cano likely would have found some way to play for Girardi — and possibly hit second again — in 2014 and beyond. But it just wasn’t. That’s not as exciting as anonymous mudslinging, but it’s the reality of the situation.

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  1. holdalltix - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Really Robbie, you have your $240MM. If this is not true you need to refute it immediately.
    If it is true it needs to come from you not some unnamed friend.

    • allsport1980 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      Robbie needs to refute this gossip story immediately? Why exactly?

  2. jollyjoker2 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Cano will disappear in Seattle within a couple of years. You can’t spend all your money on one guy – no one wins that way

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:37 AM

      Not true, it worked great for A-Rod in Texas… oh, wait.

    • illbarry - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      You are a bit behind the times. The Mariners cable deal alone pays $117 million a year for 20 years. The Mariners themselves are one of the youngest teams in baseball with a very deep farm system, their is plenty to build around and augment.

  3. stevem7 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Just goes to show that Cano cared nothing about the team and only about himself. The Yankees were wise to let him walk and this will turn out to be Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish.

    • allsport1980 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      How does this story show any of that? How does a guy hit .309/27/105 and play 160 games for a team he doesn’t care about? Grow up.

  4. sidelineshot - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Well … he is now gone and as far away from the Big Apple as one can get.
    Good luck dude, and have fun counting $100 bills at night.

  5. byjiminy - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    “Robbie didn’t like batting second, he wanted to bat in the middle of the order,’’ one person said. “The Yankees wanted him second because that was best for the team. He wanted to hit in the middle of the order to drive in runs [to increase his value].’’

    That is “from the Cano side of things”? Really? Why would a player try to convince people he was selfish and wanted to put his own stats above team success?

    All the article actually says is the source was a “friend” of Cano’s. It doesn’t attribute any of this to Cano himself, or his camp or spokesman. I’m not buying it. It may or may not be true, but I doubt it reflects Cano’s side of the story.

    (By the way, the New York Post is not a newspaper. It’s owned by Rupert Murdoch.)

    • holdalltix - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      See my post at 9:23pm. If it’s not true he just needs to refute it. His silence only indicates it is.

      • illbarry - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        Why does he need to refute it. Cano didn’t write the story, nor did he comment on it. Many players could care less what the press writes and never pay attention. Any one could make a statement about you or I true or not, and I feel no need to refute it. sound like a bunch of hyper boil to me by self anointed fans that are in denial Cano didn’t want to go back to one of the oldest teams in MLB.

    • barrywhererufrom - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      Love the veiled reference news..i know the post is a rag like the ny times who never.reported the nsa scandal news had the story months prior. Now go back to your cave rachel.maddow is counting on you and.another dude for ratings.

      • homergreenz - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        Political douchebags have no place on a good baseball blog.

    • smokehouse56 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      (By the way, the New York Post is not a newspaper. It’s owned by Rupert Murdoch.)

      And Obama doesn’t lie. You gave yourself away libtard.

      • homergreenz - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        Get a life!

  6. blynch67 - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    I think the “source” was his father. In the recent past he’s said some things that leave you shaking your head. Perhaps it is an issue with the translation from Spanish to English, but he needs to shut up. Nobody cares about his opinions, and he most likely doesn’t ‘speak for’ Robinson.

    Maybe Robinson DID tell his father that his agents pointed out that it sucks batting second in a contract year. For example, my Dad and I talk about stuff that sucks at my job all the time. But those conversations should never be shared with the public, of course.

  7. yahmule - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I heard Joe once borrowed Robby’s soap and never gave it back.

  8. spoiledbratswhosuck - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Spoiled jock who would be a pizza delivery driver if he did not play ball.

  9. smokehouse56 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    What he gave up I would kill for. A lifetime Yankee. Yankee hat on bust at Cooperstown (possible), Play 82 games a year or more at Yankee Stadium. A plaque in Monument Part at the Stadium. Endorsements. Just being a Yankee. Being treated like a king by the NY fans who loved him. For what? Seattle? Give me a break.

    • illbarry - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Griffey never had a problem getting endorsements in Seattle. Randy Johnson never had a problem getting endorsements in Seattle. Gary Payton never had a problem getting endorsements in Seattle. If Seattle is so bad just why did king Felix chose to stay there and not want to play for the Yankees?!! The Yankees are one of the oldest teams in MLB. The Mariners are one of the youngest, with a deep farm system. Griffey will never have a problem going to the HOF, and could have cared less about any stone in Yankee Stadium.

  10. apgreco - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    The theories about Cano leaving NY are tiresome. He followed the money. The Yanks (smartly) were not going to give him 10 years. Can you say Arod? Pujols? They probably offered 7 yrs at $25M a year. I for one will miss him. He is a unique talent and , if he had stayed a Yankee, would have had a plaque in monument park along with #24 retired on the wall. But he chose the money. I wish him luck but not against the Yankees. Too bad he chose the money over the legacy. In NY you had Ruth, Dimaggio, Gehrig, Mantle, Berra, Jeter. In Seattle, you have Griffey and? Take no offense, Seattle. It is what it is.

  11. ramanzano99 - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Robbie was a great player, but the Yankees teams of the 90’s that won the ws 4 out of five years 1996-2000 were a true TEAM with no superstars. Knoblouch 2b jeter ss tino 1b Bernie cf paulie rf Curtis lf Hayes 3b fielder dh Girardi c. But we beat other better teams because of 1. Great mgr. Torre and TEAM BALL.

  12. filthyslider - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    good ridence you lazy, pampered, over rated piece of garbage. Joe Torre should have stuck his cleat up your behind when you were a rookie, he should have benched you ever time you dogged it to 1st base. Go to Seattle & be forgotten , & take your .133 world series average with you, dog boy.

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