The Seattle Mariners have reportedly offered free agent second baseman Robinson Cano a 10-year deal worth between $230-240 million. Seattle seems to be the only team that is actually interested in Cano except for the New York Yankees, who are not going to give the 31-year-old an offer of more than $200 million. Cano may have found his team.
He has consistently batted over .300 for the last five seasons, and it would seem that he has earned $200 million or more regardless of whether anyone thinks that paying players that kind of money is absurd. The value for him is correct, but it does not seem that his most obvious suitor, the Yankees, want to have anything to do with Cano due to tax threshold that the team is trying to get under.
New York now has major competition and if Cano does mull it over, the Yankees will most certainly have to counter offer. It will be hard for Cano’s representatives to build him into a superstar in a city like Seattle. It is not a major market like New York. Cano and his representatives seem to be money-hungry at this point and bent on making a statement to the Yankees, who have continually denounced Cano’s demands.
However, it is hard to see the second baseman carry a Mariners team that is filled with young players. Seattle does need some help and Cano is a good start, but there could be three other players that fit the Mariners’ need better than a prime-time player like Cano.