Posted December 06, 2013

Report: Robinson Cano, Mariners agree to 10-year, $240M deal

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Will the Mariners give Robinson Cano the contract he wants? (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Mariners reportedly broke off talks with Robinson Cano Thursday night. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Free agent Robinson Cano and the Mariners have agreed on a 10-year, $240 million contract, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports confirmed the value of the deal.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports first reported the parties were close to agreeing on a contract worth “at least” $225 million.

The Mariners walked away from negotiations Thursday with Robinson Cano when Jay Z upped his ask to 10 years and $252 million, according to the New York Daily News. But the two sides resumed talks on Friday, reported Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

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Cano and his rapper-turned-agent Jay Z and CAA’s Brodie Van Wagenen reportedly had assurances of a deal with the Mariners for nine years and $225 million, but Mariners chairman/CEO Howard Lincoln reportedly “exploded” Thursday night when Jay-Z demanded an additional year.

Heyman’s source said reports of talks breaking off were overblown.

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The Yankees made Cano an offer of seven years for $165-$170 million and reportedly had not heard back from Cano or his agents as of late Thursday night and were not willing to up their offer to $200 million.

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24 comments
ineedataxi
ineedataxi

Mariners will regret this in 5 years

TerrapinStation87
TerrapinStation87

It's nice to see the Mariners actually spending some money and making a move (my Orioles wouldn't take a single dollar out of their wallets); but this is not a great deal. History shows- just about every time- that one man is not worth this type of contract.

train805
train805

It's payback for the Pineda trade. He'll actually be what, 45 when the contract is up?

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

C YA, Adios, Hit the rood ----- Yankees fan

Charlie P
Charlie P

Mariners are desperate to get a marketable star (although I am not sure how marketable Cano really is, perhaps he will be more so out of the shadow of Jeter).  Yankees are not.

I hope Seattle is ready to add another bat, otherwise, Mr. Cano, get ready to hear "Ball 4!", a lot!

alcredle
alcredle

First off, no player is worth that kind of $$. as a yanks fan I would've loved to see him stay BUT I dont blame players for trying to max out there contracts. People can say all they want but an opportunity to make 70 mil more with another team is too good to pass up even if they are horrible.he clearly is at point in his career where he felt it to be important to get what he can. Now, if he had roots in NYC wife, kids in school maybe, no championship, etc... maybe he stays but i'm sure any player takes those things into consideration. But oh well, makes room to sign to another big arm......David Price in pinstripes will do!

GYK86
GYK86

If anything, it's a reflection on Cano's mindset.  The lack of hustle and effort were always written off by Yankees brass, but in the end, this guy lives for the personal glory and money.  It's all about big hits, flashy plays, and dollar signs to Cano.  Winning and being on a perennial contender clearly takes a back seat.


Seattle will still be an 85 to 90 loss team and Cano will not seen the postseason for a long time (potentially never again in his career!).


As a Yankees fan, I say good move by Cashman not over spending, and good riddance to Cano. 

BBBigster
BBBigster

This seals the deal for West division.  For next 10 years, Rangers and A's will duke it out for 1st place while Angels and M's duke it out for the bottom.

Whatever
Whatever

Wow. For once the Yankees were the fiscally responsible team. Must be cold in Hades right now.

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

I am glad the Yankees were not fooled again by a player demanding a long term deal; they've seen how well that has been working out for them with A-Rod.  Yes, the Ellsbury deal is perplexing, since it too is a long contract at a high rate of pay, but they needed a true lead-off batter, a base stealer, and a fleet-footed centerfielder and they knew Gardner was never going to be any of these things all at once.  Now maybe the Yankees can use the money save on not getting Cano to pickup some pitchers,,,,

BBBigster
BBBigster

Bet Cashman is breathing a sigh of relief!!!

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

In 3 yrs, some team is going to trade a bag of balls for Cano and 75million.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

good luck cano. Sad NO ONE ever see you again outside of Seatle, except in OTHER teams highlights on ESPN

train805
train805

I guess I was wrong. Once again led astray by the "media". I'm sure the mariners president "blew up" at the mention of an additional year and an extra $20+ mil! since he essentially agreed to it! minus the $12 mil. More hysterics from the "media".

Just like a few years ago when the "media" kept saying prince fielder would never play for Detroit, because of his relationship with his dad. Why do we even bother reading this crap anymore? Just report it when the ink is dry please. No more speculation nonsense!

Good luck n seattle Robbie. I'll miss watching your smoothness on the diamond in pinstripes. Hope you got a full trade clause, because in 2 years when seattle is tanking again, you'll be shipped off for a horde of prospects to some other organization.

djfarkus
djfarkus

Congratulations to the Mariners for joining the elite group of teams with player contracts so long and oversized that it virtually assures their consistent failure for years to come.

Well played.

Don5
Don5

I guess if Ellsbury is worth $150 mil then this makes sense? 

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

and there you have it....  some players all about the cash - some players want to win...  we know what cano wanted.... seattle hasnt been to the playoffs in what... 10 years?  finished in last place 7 times since 2001 and last year were 20 games under .500...  you leave a team like the yanks who are constantly in the playoffs- WS convo - and just signed 2 top FAs ready to get back into the playoffs... makes little sense to me.  


and for seattle to do 10yrs at 240 when nobody was even close to that number?  ridiculous.  they were essentially bidding against themselves... oh well...  pretty dumb move.   and all of NY can thank JayZ for leading their star player to Seattle.  he shouldnt be allowed to wear a NY hat again.    

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Mariners ownership and management have gone mad.  A contract to a second baseman which pays him $20M+ a season until he hits 40 years old???   How many times has this worked out well?   A team which had a total payroll in 2013 of $84M.  This could be the deal that kills the Mariners future.   Or is Cano playing them for chumps to get better deal from the Yankees? 

pvs
pvs

Glad he will not be with the Yankees.....

JohnnyDee1
JohnnyDee1

Not to haggle over simple math...what's the difference between 10 yrs/$240M contract ($24M a year) as opposed to 7 yrs/$170M a year??? It's actually more money on the shorter deal...

BBBigster
BBBigster

@JerryBelle It is odd that with Yanks decided to sign Ellebury for 7 years $ that price when they are saddled with AROID and rapidly declining Teixeira...

Keats1821
Keats1821

To be fair, Cano was a free agent and no longer NY's to claim. They offered him a deal that he felt was below his worth, so they in effect told him they didn't want him. Not Jay-Zs fault.

alcredle
alcredle

well, from a player standpoint its 70 miillllion dollars for 3 more years of which he would most def be on the decline. crazy contract not take...still cant believe the mariners actually did that

JohnnyDee1
JohnnyDee1

They offered the same deal (money-wise) just less years...That's what I don't get...Jay-Z is a freaking moron...He has no business in baseball...Let's see his pedigree...Convicted drug dealer, turned superstar rapper, and now sports agent??? I always thought that Scott Boras was bad for baseball...Add Jay-Z to that list