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Robinson Cano and 10 MLB Players Who Took the Money and Ran

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10 MLB Players Who Left Teams for 'Greener' Pastures

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Most of us laughed out loud when Robinson Cano was said to be asking for a $300 million contract. There's no denying that he's one of the best players in MLB, but $300 million is just an absurd amount of money. Some chalked up the large number to a publicity stunt by Cano's camp, but in the end, the second baseman fared pretty well on the free agent market.

Cano inked a 10-year/$240 million dollar deal with the Seattle Mariners, which means that he'll be leaving New York for the first time in his nine-year career. It also means that he's now become one of the highest paid athletes in the history of American sports.

Now, the question becomes - is he worth it? The quick answer is no. It's rare that these mega-deals end up working out for teams. It's not that it can't happen, because it has, but the odds say that you're better off trying to build a team, rather than to go out and spend a ton of your money on one player. But, we are talking about baseball where the salary cap doesn't apply.

Since signing Cano, Seattle has gone out and made a couple more moves. They inked free agent outfielder Corey Hart to a one-year deal and also acquired Logan Morrison. Could this be a trend that continues? Will more notable free agents be willing to sign with Seattle because Cano and others have jumped on board?

You can love or hate Cano's decision to take the money and go to the Mariners, but he's certainly not the first player to do such a thing. Here are 10 more notable MLB players who have left teams in free agency for mega-deals:

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Alex Rodriguez

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A-Fraud is actually number one and two when it comes to sports mega-deals. He first took the money back in 2001 when he signed with Texas. Then he did it again in 2008 with the Yankees. At least he won a championship in New York.

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Alfonso Soriano

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Soriano cashed in on a huge payday from the Cubs back in 2007 when he signed on for eight years and a $136 million. Did he bring a title to Chicago and earn his money? Heck no.

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Albert Pujols

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You can't really blame Pujols for taking a mega-deal with the Angels. They're the crazy ones for inking a 31-year old slugger to a 10-year deal.

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Prince Fielder

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Fielder left Milwaukee for the money in Detroit, but just two seasons later, the Tigers have pushed his tab onto the Rangers' books.

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Mark Teixeira

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Tex is tied for the ninth largest contract in American sports history. He's currently under contract with the Yankees until 2016 and making $22 million per season over eight years.

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Johan Santana

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Santana had a great run in Minnesota, then headed to the Big Apple for a big pay day (24th biggest). He's currently unemployed, so you can bet that his next deal will be a lot more modest.

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Jacoby Ellsbury

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Ellsbury just became the latest Red Sox player to join the Yankees for a big payday. Is he worth seven years/$153 million? Absolutely not.

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Barry Zito

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Zito certainly didn't pan out to be the pitcher the Giants thought they would be getting back in 2007 when they signed him to a $126 million dollar deal.

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CC Sabathia

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There was no doubt that Sabathia was going to join the Yankees before the 2009 season. At least he helped them win a World Series.

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Carl Crawford

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It was an easy decision for Crawford to leave Tampa for more greenbacks in Boston, but that most certainly didn't work out as planned for the Red Sox.