Robinson Cano reportedly reaches a deal with the Mariners for 10 years, $240 million

The Yankees just got outspent, and Robinson Cano is heading to Seattle

12/6/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5134 respect

Sep 28, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) warms up before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsAccording to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Robinson Cano has agreed to a contract with the Seattle Mariners for 10 years and $240 million.

This is a huge shock, but the Mariners gave Cano a contract equal to what Albert Pujols received a couple years ago from the Angels. It is the third largest contract in MLB history, trailing only the two long-term contracts given to Alex Rodriguez.

The Yankees feel that the record-setting extension they gave to A-Rod was a huge mistake, and apparently weren't willing to take a chance on making the same mistake again.

Cano was reportedly offered 7 years and $175 million from the Yankees, and the Mariners' offer was sufficient to convince him and Jay-Z to turn their backs on the Bronx and take the money in the Pacific Northwest.

This is a huge coup for the Mariners, and comes as a huge shock. The Yankees have a long history of compensating their stars extremely well, and overpaid Derek Jeter for years. If they were willing to overpay Cano to the same extent, he'd still be in pinstripes right now.

Many agree that the Mariners gave Cano way too much money, but the Yankees just offered Jacoby Ellsbury too much. Why not invest that money in Cano, who is easily a superior player at a more valuable position and with skills that translate better over time?

This is a huge shift in the baseball landscape, and now look for the Yankees to make some other huge moves in the free agency market. We'll see how they plan on replacing his production in the lineup.
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12/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jess wrote:
Nintendo still retained its shares, so whoever the main dude is there now...Lincoln? Is considered  the "owner" (I think.)

Cot's Baseball Contracts doesn't list an owner at the moment (and still lists Thompson as president). Wiki says it's Nintendo.

That said, I think I found the answer on why the M's are spending. They receive $115 million a year from their local TV deal, thanks to having a 50% stake in said network. That's the 4th highest in the league at the moment.

12/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Dan_B wrote:
They have to deal Nick Franklin now, right?

Uh, I don't know. I didn't expect to be thinking about the Mariners at this point in the year.

12/6/13   |   Jess   |   32846 respect

Dan_B wrote:
They have to deal Nick Franklin now, right?

Probably...they did experiment a bit with moving him around the infield last year so who knows, though.

12/6/13   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

Eric_ wrote:
So, per MLBDepthCharts.com, this is the projected Seattle lineup as of now:

CF Dustin Ackley
3B Kyle Seager
2B Robinson Cano
1B Justin Smoak
DH Nick Franklin
RF Michael Saunders
LF Abraham Almonte
C Mike Zunino
SS Brad Miller

Everyone except Cano is under 30, none older than 27. There is some potential here outside of Cano. Seager's a stud. Franklin, Zunino, and Miller have some potential. Smoak finally looked useful last year, and I guess there's a chance Ackley comes off the map. If they could add Price to go with King Felix and Iwakuma in the rotation, they might just get in there. It's not likely, but at least they've made it a possibility.

Long term of course, that contract will be a disaster, but Jack Z is desperate to not get fired and knows he won't be around for the end of it.

One weird thing is the Mariners owned died this year. I have no idea who owns this club now officially, and with the president gone, this is weird time to be spending like crazy. *shrug*

They have to deal Nick Franklin now, right?

12/6/13   |   Jess   |   32846 respect

Eric_ wrote:
So, per MLBDepthCharts.com, this is the projected Seattle lineup as of now:

CF Dustin Ackley
3B Kyle Seager
2B Robinson Cano
1B Justin Smoak
DH Nick Franklin
RF Michael Saunders
LF Abraham Almonte
C Mike Zunino
SS Brad Miller

Everyone except Cano is under 30, none older than 27. There is some potential here outside of Cano. Seager's a stud. Franklin, Zunino, and Miller have some potential. Smoak finally looked useful last year, and I guess there's a chance Ackley comes off the map. If they could add Price to go with King Felix and Iwakuma in the rotation, they might just get in there. It's not likely, but at least they've made it a possibility.

Long term of course, that contract will be a disaster, but Jack Z is desperate to not get fired and knows he won't be around for the end of it.

One weird thing is the Mariners owned died this year. I have no idea who owns this club now officially, and with the president gone, this is weird time to be spending like crazy. *shrug*

Nintendo still retained its shares, so whoever the main dude is there now...Lincoln? Is considered  the "owner" (I think.)

12/6/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

So, per MLBDepthCharts.com, this is the projected Seattle lineup as of now:

CF Dustin Ackley
3B Kyle Seager
2B Robinson Cano
1B Justin Smoak
DH Nick Franklin
RF Michael Saunders
LF Abraham Almonte
C Mike Zunino
SS Brad Miller

Everyone except Cano is under 30, none older than 27. There is some potential here outside of Cano. Seager's a stud. Franklin, Zunino, and Miller have some potential. Smoak finally looked useful last year, and I guess there's a chance Ackley comes off the map. If they could add Price to go with King Felix and Iwakuma in the rotation, they might just get in there. It's not likely, but at least they've made it a possibility.

Long term of course, that contract will be a disaster, but Jack Z is desperate to not get fired and knows he won't be around for the end of it.

One weird thing is the Mariners owned died this year. I have no idea who owns this club now officially, and with the president gone, this is weird time to be spending like crazy. *shrug*

12/6/13   |   Sharp Square   |   11899 respect


It's been a while since the M's made a splash , could David Price be making his way to Pacific Northwest also 

12/6/13   |   Jess   |   32846 respect

Dan_B wrote:
There are reports this morning that the Mariners may try to trade for David Price, which would be interesting. However, even with Cano I think they struggle to catch up with the rest of their division.

I've seen that too, but that a deal for Price will have to include giving up Taijuan Walker, which I'm not sure they're prepared to do. I've also seen scuttlebutt involving Beltran.

12/6/13   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

There are reports this morning that the Mariners may try to trade for David Price, which would be interesting. However, even with Cano I think they struggle to catch up with the rest of their division.

12/6/13   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

Somewhere Billy Beane is laughing at the Mariners for not learning from the Angels mistakes...

12/6/13   |   Jess   |   32846 respect

Rumor had it that he talked to Felix about the organization before signing. Felix must have talked the M's up like crazy.

Chuck Armstrong announces retirement and the Mariners start actually making moves in the offseason. Curious. Looks like they may not be done either.

12/6/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24015 respect

Baseball contracts always amuse me. Ellsbury is good, but nowhere near a $20M/yr player. Cano is great, but 10 years? I'd say in 4 years he's shifting to 1B, DH, or a trade back to the Yankees. Yes it's a big splash for the Mariners right now, but they still aren't as good as the Angels, Rangers, or A's.

12/6/13   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

As a Yankees fan I'm not unhappy with Cano for taking the ridiculous sum of money, and I'm not mad at the Yankees for being unwilling to top $240 million. What I find funny is that it is the Mariners, so I'd expect that they won't surround him with talent and he will toil in mediocrity for the next decade. At least he'll have $240 million (minus Jay-Z's cut) to enjoy life in the Pacific Northwest with.