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Highlights from the Robinson Cano news conference

Dec 12, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

The Mariners just held a news conference where they introduced new second baseman Robinson Cano after he officially signed his ten-year, $240 million contract. It was your standard presser involving a star player, but Cano and GM Jack Zduriencik both raised some eyebrows with some comments.

Via Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune:

That explains why there was a chasm in negotiations between the Yankees and Cano when he reportedly asked for more than $300 million.

I’m sure that has absolutely nothing to do with Geoff Baker’s recent takedown of the Mariners’ front office, in which former special assistant Tony Blengino was quoted as saying, “Jack never has understood one iota about statistical analysis.”

The next ten years are going to be a lot of fun, you guys.

  1. rbj1 - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    What is wrong with admitting it’s about the money? Sure you have to love whatever sport it is you’re playing, but you don’t put in all the hard work just to play in Saturday afternoon beer league, you do it so you can get silly rich.

    • sandrafluke2012 - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      It’s always about the money. Liberals just pretend like it isn’t. Oh Ted Kennedy cares about the poor!

      • anxovies - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        What are you Sandra, some kind of political trollette? Nothing in the blog had anything to do with politics. Creep.

      • kalinedrive - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        And Ted Kennedy has been dead for four years. Time to update your canards.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

      It’s about the money? You don’t say.

      • ltzep75 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        shameless self promotion

      • Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        yep. It’s about the Page Views.

    • ctony1216 - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Cano was interviewed on ESPN and said it was about the number of years — and about “respect.”. He didn’t want to have to renegotiate another contract when he was 36 -37 years old. And he felt the Yankees didn’t really want him, which in the end, may have been true.

      The Yankees could have worked a little harder to land Cano, maybe offering 10 years at $200 million, or something. I got the sense that the Yanks just didn’t want Cano to be the face of the franchise for the next decade, for whatever reasons. And I think Cano felt that too.

      It turns out that it was sort of about the money, but there were some bigger issues involved, too.

  2. davidbrentfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    It was obviously about the money; what a phony. That’s why he left the capital of the baseball world in order to play in relative baseball obscurity. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but like rbj1 says, but why be such a phony about it?

    • Reflex - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Yeah, its always sad to see great players like Felix, Griffey, A-Rod and Edgar toil in relative obscurity in Seattle. I mean its not like anyone heard of any of those guys before they left, and nobody knows who Felix is yet. I’m sure everyone will quickly forget Cano even exists..

      • cur68 - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        When did Seattle become a slum or a backwater? I must have missed that.

      • davidbrentfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        “Yeah, its always sad to see great players like Felix, Griffey, A-Rod and Edgar toil in relative obscurity in Seattle. I mean its not like anyone heard of any of those guys before they left, and nobody knows who Felix is yet.”

        Yes, the Mariners have had some great players- big deal. The team is still most known for their consistent losing, poor attendance, and lack of a WS championship.

    • missingdiz - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Don’t get me wrong, I love NYC. But “capital of the baseball world”??!! Both NY teams sucked last year. NY was capital of the baseball world until 1965. Speaking of which, not trusting my memory I looked up the last of the Yankee dynasty teams, 1964. Mantle–despite the injuries, advancing age, boozing, and babe-ing–still had an OPS over 1000!

      • davidbrentfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:57 PM

        “Both NY teams sucked last year.”

        Haha, ok. The Yankees won 85 games in the hardest division in MLB.

        And yes, it is the capital of the baseball world. No other team has an international fan base like the Yankees, let alone their national following.

        “Yeah, its always sad to see great players like Felix, Griffey, A-Rod and Edgar toil in relative obscurity in Seattle. I mean its not like anyone heard of any of those guys before they left, and nobody knows who Felix is yet.”

        Yes, the Mariners have had some great players- big deal. The team is still most known for their consistent losing, poor attendance, and lack of a WS championship.

        And I am not a Yankee fan, although I shouldn’t even have to say that.

      • missingdiz - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        The way the buttons are set up, it looks like this is going to end up as a reply to myself, when I mean it for davidbrentfan. The AL East was not the hardest division in baseball last year. And 85 games is less than KC won. The dynasty Yankees used KC as their farm club in the majors. “International fan base”–probably no US TV show is better known than Dallas. Would you say that makes Dallas the best?

      • davidbrentfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        Did I say ‘best’?
        No.

        And the AL Central might be the worst division in baseball. Nice comparison.

      • missingdiz - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:38 PM

        Why was the AL central the worst, when three teams had better records than the Yankees? The Yankees tied for third in their division–since when has that been good enough? I just picked the AL central’s KC for comparison because of the history. When NY was baseball capital of the world, the Yankees never lagged behind KC. That would have been disgraceful, But, personally, I think the NL central was the strongest division last year.

      • cktai - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:16 AM

        The Yankees don’t really have an international fanbase, they just sell a lot of their caps world wide. Then again so do the Astros so that hardly seems a good indication of international popularity.

        If I take the small sample of looking of my teammates, I notice that most of them seem to support either the Red Sox or the Giants. Then there are a few who support the Cardinals and the Mets, one guy who supports the Yankees (and who incidently thinks Jeter is a good fielder), one who supports the A’s (but he is an American expat from the Bay area), and one who supports the Phillies. The Yankees are well-known but hardly ever supported.

  3. nymets4ever - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Well he’s right in one sense, he’ll never have to think about money again…….

  4. sandrafluke2012 - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Still rather have Pedroia. Better glove, OBP, hustle, leadership

    • aphillieated - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      I rather have Cano but not for $240 million. You know why? He’s 6 feet tall.

      • sandrafluke2012 - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        I’ll take the titles

      • anxovies - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        And doesn’t resemble a rodent.

    • riotpunch26 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      With unusually short arms.

  5. aphillieated - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Jack Z: You just want the money Robbie, you ain’t got to lied to me.

    • aphillieated - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      lie* lol

      • shawnuel - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        I like it uncorrected

  6. yournuts - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    I have to laugh that Cano said that he doesn’t think about the money. LMAO. It was always about the money. Good luck in Seattle Robbie. Does anyone want to bet the who will be in the playoffs more the next ten years? Yankees or Mariners? OMG LMAO.

    • aphillieated - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      If it wasn’t about the money then why he didn’t sign with the Yankees LOL

  7. rcali - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I give Seattle credit, they at least brought somebody in who is a excellant baseball player. But he is not a star and they gave him star money. The organization and fans will soon find out that this presser may be the last time they hear from him. And if anybody thinks he’s going to all of a sudden start being a leader in the club house or running out ground balls, good luck with that.

  8. hildezero - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    @sandrafluke2012,

    I bet your creepy ugly because you’re a conservative. XD Besides, this story doesn’t have nothing to do with politics.

  9. jolink653 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Before you start tagging on the Yankees for their record last year, remember they lost 3/4 of their infield for the majority of the year and their best power-hitting outfielder for the majority of the year, not to mention how their rotation was constantly injured. Girardi should have gotten a lot more consideration for MoY for the job he did.

    Cano comes off sounding stupid by saying it wasn’t about the money. Of course it was! Your dad is on record talking about how it was about the years/money. Why else would he leave a team that’s built to make a World Series run every year for a team that’s not that close to contending for its own division, let alone the World Series. At least have the decency to admit that it was the money. No one can fault you for getting what you could.

  10. louhudson23 - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    I do not understand the comments that it always about the money and that the high offer is therefor the best offer….Playing where you truly want for who you want for 150-175 million is hardly ignoring the money….the question for me is why go somewhere that isn’t your absolute first choice(wherever that is)when you have the leverage to do so….respect,taking care of the family?? Playing MLB and making tens of millions per year gives respect and takes care of the family….it’s baseball and you only get one career on the field actually playing the game and once it is over,it is over…If being a Mariner is your dream,then play for them…otherwise WTF?

  11. bravojawja - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Every time a player signs for nine figures and says it isn’t about the money, I miss Gary Sheffield just a little more.

  12. richieranger - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Jay-z is a Yankee fan….pushes cano to seatle.

  13. dexterismyhero - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Jay Z is looking like a young Stevie Wonder!!!! But with about an eight of the talent.

  14. yournuts - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    This is what I call RESPECT being a two way street.

    Napoli’s $16-million salary will be the highest on the Red Sox in 2014.

    Without a $20-million-per-year contract, the Red Sox have the flexibility to sign multiple talented players at competitive salaries.

    A lot of that has to do with Dustin Pedroia, who will make $12.5 million in 2014.

    While Robinson Cano recently signed a 10-year contract with the Mariners reportedly worth $240 million, Pedroia’s contract leaves the Red Sox in a more flexible position to add talent. That theory could be what Pedroia had in mind when he signed the contract extension this year.

    “I’m a pretty loyal guy,” Pedroia said in July. “I love being here. I live and die by this team. It’s important to me to be here my whole time.”

    If the Red Sox instead had to look for a player of Pedroia’s talent on the free agent market, the cost could skyrocket.

    Again, Cano’s contract is worth about $24 million per season.

    Comparing Pedroia’s contract extension to Cano’s contract earned on the free agent market is hardly fair. Arguably, these are the two best second basemen in the world. And considering Pedroia signed his second extension that will that will keep him in Boston through 2021, he’s made it very clear he has no intentions of considering another team. So before diving into the discussion, it’s important to remember that this is simply a game played in jest.

    Here’s the question: If Pedroia and Cano’s contract situations were reversed, and it was Pedroia on the open market and Cano locked up by his hometown team, would Pedroia have earned a similar contract?

    Some agents and team executives presented with the question at the Winter Meetings would rather not compare the two players, which seemed like an understandable decision.

    “I don’t answer those types of questions,” said Scott Boras, who represented Cano until April, when Cano left for Roc Nation Sports, led by recording artist Jay-Z. “Dustin Pedroia is a professional.”

    The whole article is here.
    http://www.masslive.com/redsox/index.ssf/2013/12/mlb_winter_meetings_2013_dusti.html

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