The most recent news in the Robinson Cano saga is that the New York Yankees will not exceed the $200 million threshold for the talented second basemen, but at least one other MLB team is ready to show Cano the money…and I mean all of it! In fact, reports have surfaced that the Seattle Mariners are more than willing to spend $240 million on the five-time All-Star. The offensively-challenged Mariners could surely use a bat like Cano in the middle of their line-up, yet the biggest hangup for me is whether or not Cano is willing to play in Seattle.
Let’s look at the facts: Cano is from the Dominican Republic, which is exactly 3,524 miles from Seattle, Washington. I’m not saying Cano is going to walk away from $230 million+ just because he fears being homesick, but it’s definitely something to think about.
In the free-agent era, we’ve seen plenty of 10-year deals turn out to be busts by the year three. Therefore, the Mariners need to be careful when it comes to going all in with a 30-year-old, who has plenty of mileage on him. So while the rumor mill continues to churn, don’t be surprised if the Yankees decide to match the Mariners’ reported offer and make Cano an offer he can’t possibly refuse.