Rumors swirled at the start of free agency that Robinson Cano wanted a 10-year contract worth $300 million. Well that didn’t happen, but the Seattle Mariners still made Cano a very wealthy man. Seattle and Cano have agreed to a 10-year, $240 million contract that the Mariners will be regretting sooner rather than later.
Cano is currently 31 years of age which means Seattle could very well be stuck with the second baseman until Robinson is 40+ years old. That’s just the first mistake in all of this. Cano may be All-Star caliber, but for $24 million he will not help the Mariners’ offense as much as Seattle thinks he will.
Don’t get me wrong; Cano is a huge upgrade over what the Mariners put out on the field last season at second base, but who at the top of the lineup can get on base at a steady enough pace for Robinson to drive them in with his bat? Who in the lineup behind Cano is scary enough to make opposing pitching staffs pitch to Robinson on a steady basis? Those two questions are currently still up in the air, but it’s not looking good for Seattle.
Hopefully the Mariners have more plans to improve their offense than just bringing in the likes of Cano. Starting pitchers Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma will welcome the arrival of Cano to try and improve their win totals. The addition of Robinson will improve Seattle to an extent, but for $24 million, it will end up being a bust signing in the long run.
When the 2014 MLB season ends, Cano will still have a batting average over .300 and his home run totals will continue to be between 20-30, but I don’t expect Robinson to get over 100 RBI while playing in Seattle. The Mariners are on cloud nine right now, but that may not last long for Seattle.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org