Posted December 03, 2013

Mariners reportedly ‘major player’ in Robinson Cano sweepstakes

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Robinson Cano had a "big, big meeting" with a team on Tuesday afternoon, according to a spokesman for the 5-time All-Star. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Robinson Cano had a “big, big meeting” with a team on Tuesday afternoon. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The Seattle Mariners have reportedly emerged as a “major player” in the free agency sweepstakes for Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork on Tuesday afternoon.

The news comes a day after the Yankees reportedly drew a hard line in their contract negotiations with Cano, saying they will not give in to his demands for a megadeal and will refuse to sign him to any offer that’s in the ballpark of $200 million. The Yankees had reportedly offered him seven years and $160 million. In most recent reports, Cano is asking for a nine-year, $252 million contract with a vesting option for a 10th year at $28 million.

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Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik declined to comment on Tuesday as to whether the organization has had a meeting with Cano, instead saying the Mariners have “cast a wide net” in their conversations with free agents this offseason:

“We’ve talked to everybody. There’s not a free agent we haven’t talked to. We’ve cast a wide net.”

Wallace cited anonymous sources close to negotiations between the Yankees and Cano who have said the Mariners are considering a $200 million deal for Cano over eight years. He quoted one of the sources as saying Seattle recognizes that it is “desperate for hitting and desperate to put people in the ballpark.”

A spokesman for the 31-year-old Cano declined to comment on the ongoing negotiations, only saying that the five-time All-Star was meeting with another team on Tuesday afternoon, one he called a “a big, big meeting.”

For his career, Cano has hit .309 and averaged 28 home runs and 103 RBI in each of his last five seasons. He has been a top-10 finisher in the last four AL MVP ballots, finishing fifth for this past season.

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19 comments
Automaticftp
Automaticftp

7 years a $160 million - Cano should take it and RUN!  He's a great complementary player, but not the rock you build a World Series winner on. 

oasis1994
oasis1994

Dont do it Mariners.

Cano has zero leverage after the Yankees decided to waste money on Ellsbury 

AlainLapointe
AlainLapointe

Let him play in the banana league in his homeland for 1 year .

WatsonRocky
WatsonRocky

I think even the Yankees recent offer is too much.  Cano is on the down-slide. He's best years are behind him. They need to just cut ties with him and sign 3-4 good players. They need a lot of help.

DEJ1948
DEJ1948

I can only hope that Cano winds up someplace other than New York.  I would have a hard time believing the Yankees have not leaned their lesson when it comes to long term deals for guys in their 30's.  Look no further than Tiexiera and Rodriquez for confirmation of that sad fact.  For what the team would have to pay him, they could bring in two or three FA's who, combined, would easily match his production.  They might not have Cano's star power, but they'd cost a lot less and they won't be around clogging up the base paths when they're 40.  

PritchBomb
PritchBomb

Seattle has about as much interest in signing Cano for $200 million as they do for bringing back A-Roid. For Free.

William27
William27

I hope he signs with them and both sides are miserable with each other for 10 years

signed,

a yankee fan

SteveBienefeld
SteveBienefeld

You would think that after the examples of teams getting burned on these 8-10 year high-salary deals (Rodriguez, Puhols, Fielder, etc.), particularly  involving guys over 30, that a serious lesson would have been learned.  As a Yankee fan, I can tell you that Cano isn't a player that "puts people in the seats".  If this report has any basis in truth, then Seattle would be offering that contract out of the desperation of wanting to be relevant again, as some others have posted.  Also agree with others that the report is likely coming from the Cano camp, which is desperate to create a suitor for him to drive up the Yankee's offer.

RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

A. There are no sweepstakes. B. They can keep him. 

MichaelC
MichaelC

Duh, I'm sure the "sources" are from Cano's camp. Why not name half a dozen teams? Any team would be "interested in Cano at the right price."

There's really no reason why this guy has to be the highest paid player in MLB just because he happens to be the #1 free agent this year. Again, baseball free agency is structured (mandatory service plus club extension) to OVERPAY players who have already peaked. It would be nice to see teams take a stand this year ... because if you give Cano $250M+, he's only going to make future marquee FAs happy. 

7 years, $175M and be done with it.

Batgao
Batgao

well good luck in seattle.. bye..


when teams become desperate then it's the time they make stupid decisions.. Cano is not the answer for a desperate team..

bmjbigman
bmjbigman

no chance in hell that he goes to Seattle

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Right, go to seattle and get NO attention. Worked for A-roid and Ichiro

Mikey A
Mikey A

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Leftcoast7
Leftcoast7

@WHO*IS*ESPN Actually, for a time at least it DID work for A-roid and Ichiro - and for a guy named Randy Johnson, too.  Sure, you do get less exposure with smaller market teams, but to suggest that players in Seattle get NO attention is a bit off.  Playing for Seattle seems to suit King Felix just fine, too. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@WHO*IS*ESPN No attention in Seattle?  Maybe you did not know who those guys were but most everyone else did.   Apparently you know a little about the www, and in this age of communication,  a player does not need to reside in the biggest markets to get noticed.