Robinson Cano flew to the West Coast to meet with the Seattle Mariners, where they are rumored to offer him a nine-year $225 million deal. This is around $50 million more than what the New York Yankees have on the table for him with a seven-year $170-175 million deal, in which they are adamant about not going over.
This all could change with the Yankees camp thinking that Cano will let them match any offer made from other organizations, because he wants to retire as a Yankee and possibly get a bust of himself in memorial park. But as of now, the Yanks are being outbid by the Mariners in an unpredictable situation that I would have never foreseen.
Cano is upset that the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year $153 million deal, and I understand his displeasure. His thinking is that the Yanks think he is worth only $22 million more than an ex-Boston Red Sox player who is oft-injured and doesn’t produce the power numbers that Cano does.
As of now, the Yankees do have the money to somehow sign Cano to a very large contract and stay under the $189 million luxury tax threshold, and seeing the Mariners open their wallets wider than the richer organization just seems wrong. But, the Yankees have been adamant in their stance that they won’t go out of their way to please Cano and have plenty of backup plans if he does leave.
But the Yankees are the Yankees and Cano is a homegrown talent that should hang up his cleats next to a pinstriped jersey with the number 24 on it. Cano has the right to be irked by this situation and if he does end up going for the dollars instead of the nostalgia of the interlocking NY, more power to him. But the winter meetings haven’t even begun, and he has not written his signature on a piece of paper yet, so there should be more drama to look forward to.