There is a reason the New York Yankees signed Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million deal the same day that Robinson Cano went to the Seattle Mariners for 10 years, worth a total of $240 million — it was a foregone conclusion that the two parties were not going to come to a settlement because they were way too far apart to start and never came close to an agreement.
Since Cano agreed with the Mariners, there have been more facts to come to light that prove that he would never don the pinstripes again. First of all, even before the media buzz that Cano would reside in Seattle for the next 10 years, the Yankees already knew they would not put forth a contract that he would sign. That is pretty evident, henceforth the signings of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann. They were also linked to almost every big-name free agent on the market. They said publicly that they were prepared to go forward without Cano in pinstripes, but they actually knew their future would not include him.
What is more disheartening is what Cano said about Yankees manager, Joe Girardi. A friend of Cano’s said that he didn’t want to play for Girardi because he batted Cano second in the lineup. Cano couldn’t produce enough runs from that spot and therefore hurt his market value once he hit free agency. This is not only selfishly looking for more money, but is detrimental to the team. If Girardi thinks it’s in the teams’ best interest to put Cano in the two slot, then lace up your cleats and hit in the spot where Derek Jeter usually hits; don’t complain. This, unfortunately, shows that Cano is an egotistical prima donna who only cares about his stats and himself, which is proven by his taking the money and running to Seattle instead of showing loyalty to the team that groomed him into the player he is today.
I thought a lot more of Cano before these free-agency discrepancies took place. But, I guess, in hindsight, I should have seen it coming with his lack of hustle and nonchalant play. He’s been an amazing player for the Yankees, but has shown what kind of man he is in these past few days. However, I believe the Yankees have come out better than worse so far this winter because for the $300 million that the Mariners and New York Mets spent on former Yankees Cano and Curtis Granderson, the Yanks picked up Beltran, Ellsbury, McCann and re-signed Hiroki Kuroda. They still have holes to fill, but it’s easier to plug those vacant spaces with four players compared to two.