This off-season, the New York Yankees let Robinson Cano walk, and he signed with the Seattle Mariners in a record contract of 10 years, for $240 Million Dollars.
For the last few years, the Mariners have been at the bottom of the AL, and they have finally signed their franchise player.
Going into the contract, Cano has to know that the Mariners would do everything they can to create a great team around him. They of course have done a good job of that so far with the additions of Corey Hart, and Logan Morrison. But according to Cano, the Mariners still lack something. He said in a recent interview that the Mariners need an extra bat in their lineup. Here are his exact words from that interview with CBSSports.com:
“I’m not going to lie. We need an extra bat, especially a right-handed bat. We have many left-handed hitters. We need at least one more righty.”
The funniest part of this is that Cano even suggested someone during the interview. He thinks that the Mariners should re-sign Kendrys Morales, who is a switch hitter, and hit 23 home runs for the Mariners last season. Not only does Cano think that the Mariners need Morales, but he thinks that Seattle needs to add some depth to their pitching rotation, with the signing of Ervin Santana, who is 31 years old, and pitched for the Royals last season, and had a 3.24 ERA with a 9-10 record.
Well, when Cano is done playing “Front Office”, the Mariners are hoping that the All-Star will live up to that contract. The question is, Will Cano regret his signing with Seattle?
I understand that they are signing guys, and wanting to make Cano happy, but will they do that for 10 years, and spend money. Seattle is one of the small markets teams that haven’t always liked to spend money, so I fear that they might just want to have a star in Cano to sell tickets.
If that is the case, that will talk a lot about what is truly important to Cano. Winning rings or making money. He probably wants both, but sometimes you have to make a sacrifice. The New York Yankees have a really good looking team this season, on paper, and just think if Cano stuck with the Yankees, and took a pay-cut. That team would be a top championship contender, and he could have added another ring to his resume.
I don’t know if Seattle will win many titles with Cano, but it seems clear that Cano wanted one thing more than the other. I don’t blame him for it though. Follow the money. That’s my rule in life. In the end, I don’t think Cano will regret signing with Seattle, due to the fact that he followed the money, and he will be paid very nicely.
By Eron Ramadanov
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