Did the Yankees just sign Robinson Cano's replacement?
Cano has made some rather outlandish contract requests, even asking for a 10-year deal for upwards of $300 million.
The Yankees are holding fast, saying that they'll pay the 31-year old second baseman no more than $175 million.
Word on the street is that the Mariners, among other teams, are willing to offer Cano a deal in the $200 million range.
It would be hard to picture Cano leaving New York, or any premier free agent leaving New York, for that matter. The Bronx is a landing place, not a launching pad for great players to move elsewhere.
The Yankees have already picked off center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the rival Red Sox, and he'll replace Curtis Granderson in the lineup, but the Yankees will definitely suffer from a severe power decline if Cano leaves.
I still can't imagine a scenario in which Jay-Z allows Cano to leave New York, but if another teams blows them away with a monster contract offer, it could happen. In the end, it's usually all about the money. If the Yankees don't offer the biggest contract, we might see him in a different uniform next year.
But since when have the Yanks fallen short financially?
This should be interesting.