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Robinson Cano signs with Seattle

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In a move that no one really ever saw coming, Robinson Cano will take his talents to the pacific northwest. And it won’t be cheap.

The 31-year-old all-star second baseman has agreed to a 10 year deal worth $240 million with the Seattle Mariners, pending a physical. The Yankees had long been the favorites to re-sign Cano, but ultimately what Seattle offered was too much to match.

The Yankees were willing to up their offer to seven years, $175 million which would have paid Cano a higher annual salary. New York was unwilling, and rightfully so after the A-Rod fiasco, to hand out a 10 year contract in excess of $200 million.  However, Cano wanted the highest overall dollar amount, and New York is now searching the second base market for replacements.

The organization hoped that Cano realized just what it meant to be a lifelong Yankee. Their sales pitch was easy, having just been witnesses to the great sendoffs of two homegrown Yankees  – Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte.

In the end, Cano was about the money. 2013 showed that he can’t carry a team by himself, so the Mariners will need a lot more talent before they can truly compete. The signing brings a disappointing end to a Yankee career that had the promise of being legendary. Now Cano, who will receive a full no-trade clause, will end up being a Mariner longer than he was a Yankee.

Cano finishes his Yankee career with a line of .309/.355/.504 with 204 home runs and 822 RBI over nine seasons. He’s won one championship, which was secured when he fielded Shane Victorino‘s groundball at second base in Game Six of the 2009 World Series.


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