Reports: Robinson Cano signs with Mariners for $240 million
The Yankees have lost their best player.
Multiple reports, including ones by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas, say Robinson Cano has agreed to a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners on Friday morning.
Cano, his agent Brodie Van Wagenen and Jay Z, the head of Roc Nation Sports, traveled to Seattle on Thursday night with a nine-year and $225 million offer in hand. But they apparently managed to increase that offer, even though reports early Friday indicated the Mariners were disappointed with Cano asking for an extra year.
It is a shocking loss for the Yankees, who reportedly never offered Cano more than eight years and $175 million.
Cano, 31, was signed out of the Dominican Republic as an international free agent in 2001 and made his Yankees debut in 2005. He’s spent all nine years of his career in New York.
Managing partner Hal Steinbrenner spoke about trying to re-sign Cano just Thursday at the press conference announcing the signing of Brian McCann.
“We’re still talking,” Steinbrenner said. “Nobody’s given up. We’re still talking. Obviously we’re a decent distance apart so we’re just going to have to wait and see. That’s all we can do.”
Cano’s father, Jose, a former major leaguer himself, told ESPN this week that he didn’t believe the Yankees were going after his son very hard.
Cano is a five-time All Star and has finished in the Top 6 in MVP voting four times in each of the last four seasons. He averaged .309 with 24 homers and 97 RBIs per season over his Yankee career.
The Yankees had certainly counted on re-signing Cano, though they never appeared to value him as a Yankee icon in the mold of Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera. Now the team is faced with finding a replacement for his production in the lineup.
Reports indicate former Indians and Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo could be at the top of their list. The free agent hit .285 with a .425 on-base percentage and 21 home runs in 2013.
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