Posted December 06, 2013

Mariners reel in Robinson Cano with reported 10-year, $240 million contract

Robinson Cano
Robinson Cano, Mariners

Robinson Cano’s contract is the third-largest in baseball history. (Juan DeLeon/Icon SMI)

The Mariners have outspent the Yankees for this offseason’s biggest free agent prize, reportedly coming to terms Friday morning with Robinson Cano on a 10-year, $240 million contract. After weeks of apparent inactivity regarding Cano, Seattle emerged as a serious contender for Cano’s services earlier this week, prompting the All-Star second baseman and his agent, hip-hop superstar Jay-Z of the new Roc Nation Sports agency, to fly to Seattle on Thursday to meet with the team.

During the regular season, Roc Nation floated a 10-year contract worth more than $300 million as Cano’s asking price for an extension, but once he became a free agent, they dropped their price to nine-years and something near $250 million. The Yankees, countered with an offer of seven years and roughly $170 million and were reportedly unwilling to go above $175 million. That created an opening for the Mariners, who lured Cano to Seattle on Thursday with a 10-year, $225 million offer. A report by the New York Daily News Friday morning claimed that negotiations had broken off after Jay-Z responded to that offer with a demanded for $252 million over 10 years, the exact terms of the contract that Alex Rodriguez signed when he left Seattle for the Rangers in 2001. Other reports suggested that Jay-Z’s demand stemmed from the fact that Cano did not want to sign with Seattle, but contrary to both reports, negotiations continued Friday morning.

Cano’s new contract matches the one Albert Pujols signed with the Angels two years ago, tying it for the third largest contract in major league history, behind only Rodriguez’s two free agent pacts, though its average annual value is tied for seventh among current deals. The contract will take Cano through his age-40 season and could make incumbent Mariners second baseman Nick Franklin, a 22-year-old who was a first-round pick in 2009 and a top 100 prospect prior to each of the last two seasons, available via trade.

220 comments
Bigdog12
Bigdog12

hahahah hey now the mariners can win a world series said by no one ever lol

JPG
JPG

Bottom line is that Cano is no longer with the Yankees.  New contract aside he is still one of the ten best baseball players in the majors.  

And he is no longer a Yankee.  Gone are his .300-.320 averages, his 190-200 hits, his 25-33 hrs, his 85-118 rbi's, and his golden gloves.

Spin what you will Yankees fans but Cano will be missed more than you think.

meatball
meatball

players have become greedy  and selfish. there is no loyalty to the team or there fans anymore.its all about the money. it just a business.

nineequalseight1
nineequalseight1

6 years 160 million was all Cano was worth. He'll have no home run power at SafeCo and the pitching in the West is almost as good as the East. 


The M's just threw away their future and the Yankee won't get a shot at David Price until he's a free agent. 

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

JayZ is wack if he thinks this is a good deal for Cano.  The M's will continue to stink and Cano will labor in obscurity.  So the $ are good but this is a bad deal in all other respects.

SteelyDon
SteelyDon

The Yanks can now trade Gardner, Wells and one of those minor league prospects who can't get past AA for David Price.

taiwan
taiwan

I understand completely why Yankees wouldn't pay Cano. Yankees have a 2B backup, Alfonso Soriano, not Kelly Johnson. He hit 34HR last year, and that was 7 more than Cano. In the last 4 years Soriano was healthy, averaging 30HR and nearly 100RBI per year. Yankees are on the hook for 5 million of his 18 million salary in 2014. There is no reason to think Soriano wouldn't produce another 30-20 year. I wouldn't be shocked if Soriano crank out 40HR next year. He hasn't shown any slowness in his bat speed and still has plenty left on his legs. If Yankees likes what they see in 2014 they can easily resign Soriano for 2 year 30 million deal. They just got Carlos Beltran for 3 years 45 millions. Converting Soriano to 2B is the logical move and it will free up the crowded OF.


Yankees should use the money to get couple of top SP. That may produce a championship in the short run. People said losing Cano is a huge blow. Perhaps in the long run it is. But for the next few years they can use Soriano at 2B and that woudn't be a big downgrade.

mantle77777
mantle77777

Its the length of the contract that is so stupid.  I guess they haven't been paying attention to all the other failures with ridiculously long contracts, lasting way past their prime.  Cano is second to Pedroia as the best 2nd baseman in the game, but even if he puts 5 or 6 great years together, that still leaves the M's on the hook for his last 4. I bet they don't get to the Series even once during his career and the Yankees will win it all in 2016.

MrArlington
MrArlington

This remind me of the Nat's signing of Werth. It was a move to tell the rest of the league and local fanbase that they were putting money down and mean business. This was a good move for the M's.

j7apple
j7apple

I'll give him and Seattle 3 years before he is gone.

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

the northwest is as full of kooks as California is now and apparently some of them are residing in the executive offices of the Mariners.  

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

I want some of whatever these baseball exec's smoke when they sign a 32 year old to a 10 year contract and then think they made a deal.  His best years are behind him and a 270 hitting 2nd basemen isn't going to carry a team anywhere.  

Willmac7496
Willmac7496

The Yankees just signed Beltran.  3 years, 45 million

Bigdog12
Bigdog12

So the Mariners must of promise him that they could win a championship soon lol

Matthew W
Matthew W

Good luck with that Seattle! 


These long contracts for mega money haven't worked out at all for the teams involved. Just ask the Yankees with ARoid, Tex, and ARoid; the Rangers with ARoid, the Twins with Mauer, SF with Zito, the Angels with Pujols & Hamilton, the Dodgers with Kevin Brown, etc.

heardhimsay
heardhimsay

Can't believe anyone was dumb enough to give him a contract that was this long & expensive.  Even the Yankees knew better.   R.I.P. Mariners.  You just got hosed.

iamnickjnash
iamnickjnash

The M's are not done! They have more money to go get someone like Choo, Beltran, Cruz, Napoli or re-sign Morales. Obviously not ALL of them but at least one of those five are likely to be hitting in front or behind Cano next season!  They might not be the Florida Marlins of a few years back but Cano makes them relevant for and gives them instant credibility...for now...and they will sign somene else. 

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

I assume Jay-Z is hooking up the Mariners ownership group with prostitutes. What an incredibly stupid signing. $240 million for a player who is at best in the lower echelon of the top fifty players in baseball. At least when the A-Roid and Pujols deals were inked the teams could argue they were signing the best player in baseball. Cano is not remotely in that group, heck he is only in the top five of second basemen.


This contract will, without a doubt, be a catastrophe for Seattle.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Now all the usual whining "It's not fair that Yankees outspend everyone and drive salaries up," refrain can be directed somewhere else, but I doubt it will. See you Cano. We loved you but you got really greedy. Seattle is pretty nice from what I hear but it isn't New York nice.

NYNBKFarSuperiorx
NYNBKFarSuperiorx

Smart move by Yankees 7 years was good enough cant see anyone paying a 41 year old player 24 million Cano is good for 5 years after that he'll decline.

joegibbs77
joegibbs77

" Now there is no money to fill all the other holes"

--That comment isn't true at all.  

potriot
potriot

They already had 2nd base covered and Cano probably plays 1st or DH anyway. Now there is no money to fill all the other holes [the other 8?] 


Worst signing EVER, by the Mariners. Print it.

JHodges
JHodges

If this is the case, I must have a value of $125 million. Someone want to sign me!!??

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

@JPG Dude never led the league in any statistical category, and he should be paid $240 mil for 10 years? He's worth that money? You're insane. Top ten best in majors? You could not be more wrong about that. Posey, Cabrera, Verlander, Kershaw, Price, F Hernandez, Trout, Darvish, and a few others can make a claim for 10 ten. Unless you are brainwashed by ESPN, noone in their right mind thinks Cano is a top 10 talent. Get real dude.

GodofAcid
GodofAcid

It's a big blow to them.. the contract he got was stupid, I don't hear many people disputing that, but the production the Yankees lost is huge. Beltran, Ellsbury, McCann.. none of these guys bring his particular skill set, it can't be made up by anyone they sign this year.

j7apple
j7apple

@JPG              Moneyball.....He is replaceable 

j7apple
j7apple

@PhillyPenn  Some players I guess give up hope on championships in lieu of the most they can get out of he game. ($) To each their own.  Cano  should savor his 2009 Yankees ring, as he wont see another.

GodofAcid
GodofAcid

Come on Don you're smarter than that. They wouldn't make that trade if it were out of the division, but inside the division, yeah right..

jopomp2
jopomp2

Ain't gonna happen.....Rays can get much more value than Gardner, a washed-up Wells and what prospects do the Yankess have that are better than what the Rays already have stockpiled. Beides.......Rays are too smart to trade withing the division. So far that Yankess have done nothing to solve the pitching issue.  Nice dream, tho...

joe6647
joe6647

@taiwan Soriano will be 38 on opening day.  His days as a middle infielder are past.  Being a corner outfielder is much less taxing on the body

j7apple
j7apple

@MrArlington   Werth hasn't paid off to well for for Washington, and they way overpaid to "say" they mean business.


His first year with them Werth bats 232  20 hr 58 rbis

Second year breaks wrist cranks out 5 homers and 30 rbis

He did however bring up the numbers to 318 ba 25 homers and 80 rbis last year..


All this for about 18 million a a year?  Quite a price for meaning business.


Cano will follow suit and sink with the expectations that come with a contract of this size.

taiwan
taiwan

@Heath_Bell_Experience Maybe. But Mariners will not win a championship by tying so much money in Robinson Cano for the next 10 years.

RuKdingMe
RuKdingMe

@j7apple He'll be there for 10, unless the Mariners agree to pay off a large portion of his salary as part of a trade.  NO ONE is going to trade for him at 24M per year.

Leftcoast7
Leftcoast7

I agree with you about the deal, but I think the sort of West Coast bashing you're engaging. In is more than a little tired. Please make your points in a more creative, original way, and thanks.

jopomp2
jopomp2

So ....looks like the Yankees will be in a lot of 13-10 games unless the pitching is addressed.  When it comes to the long-haul and post season it is pitching & D which are the deciding factors.



iamnickjnash
iamnickjnash

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Sorry but Cano is easily the best 2B in the game. And for you to put him only in the top 5 shows your baseball IQ is lower than the amount of Seattle Mariners World Series titles! 

This contract isn't just about the money here. It's about the M's signing a BIG time free agent and putting a better team on the field along with putting more people in the stands. And they will accomplish both with this signing. 


PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@EasyGoer I used to live in NYC.  It's overrated, overcrowded and overly expensive.  So NY really isn't that nice.  Especially the outer boroughs, they resemble War Zones.  FACT

jopomp2
jopomp2

Ells.... " We loved you but you got really greedy. NY is pretty nice from what I hear but it isn't Boston".  We sure live in a different baseball time from when first became a fan.....Tedyy Ballgame was a Sox lifer.......Mantle, Berra, Joe D.  and on an on were always identified as pinstrippers.  Oh well..

effeweall
effeweall

@Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask lots o old grunge money in seatle.  and coffee beans are very valuable.  Starbucks grows all its coffee beans in the outfield of safeco in the offseason.  they can sign 10 Canoes!!!

RuKdingMe
RuKdingMe

@WestcoastMD @JPG Agreed!  Cano isn't close to a top 10 talent, and just watch how his production drops off in Seattle.  

DumbDadNU87
DumbDadNU87

he's got 70 million more reasons to play in Seattle than he did in NY & you can't blame him for that - I don't know how much of that is guaranteed, but a middle infielder is one broken up DP from being a spectator - no one is going to turn down 70 million.

taiwan
taiwan

@joe6647By the same token Cano will be over that age after 6 years of that contract because he is only 6 years younger than Soriano. He may be a better hitter but that's no guarantee he will hit 34 HR like Soriano did when he was 37, not to mention Soriano still has better speed even at 37. If Cano cannot play 2B at age 38 then Yankees made him a fair offer for 7 years. Nobody should be paying a DH 24 million a year.


I don't see why Soriano couldn't at least platoon 2B while the rest of the OF platoons between OF and DH. Yankees got way too many OF even if they get rid of Wells and they desperately need SP. There is no guarantee CC Sabathia will rebound. They should go out to sign Matt Garza and hope they can somehow get Tanaka.

j7apple
j7apple

@RuKdingMe @j7apple  Unless its guaranteed (which no one guarantees a 10 year contract) he can get cut if not producing.  No other team has to pick it up. Many players have to renegotiate their large contracts or get let go if they are not as what was expected.

j7apple
j7apple

@iamnickjnash @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius Going to take more than Cano to improve on 71 and 91 and 25 games out of first place to the Oakland A's who by the way only had a 68 million total team payroll last year.

potriot
potriot

Dude, its nintendo, can't buy a dream, money.