New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has agreed to terms with the Seattle Mariners on a 10-year deal worth at least $240 million, according to multiple reports.
Cano’s representatives wouldn’t comment on the reports, which said that Cano elected to join the Mariners after a quick courtship that saw he and agent Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter fly to Seattle, with promises of a nine-year deal worth $225 million, only to have Cano’s camp seek a 10th year upon arrival.
That was worked out the morning of Dec. 6, and the five-time All Star agreed to join Seattle, as ESPN’s Enrique Rojas first reported, and reiterated by The Wall Street Journal.
The Mariners issued a non-denial denial of the signing on their Twitter account after being bombarded with media requests.
“We aren’t able to confirm any news regarding Robinson Cano at this time. If & when an agreement is completed & finalized, we will announce,” said the message on the Mariners’ official account.
The Yankees had insisted all along that they wanted Cano, but that they were never willing to go to the range of 10 years to get him and after New York signed Jacoby Ellsbury from the Boston Red Sox it seemed they were less interested in their star infielder.
Burned by the length of the 10-year Alex Rodriguez contract, among others, the Yankees had offered a seven-year deal worth roughly $170 million in the hope that no team would blow them away with an offer much longer than that.
The gambit failed, the Journal reported. For the first time in the history of free agency, the Yankees were outbid on a homegrown star in his prime, who they wanted to keep on a deal of five years or more, by a mid-market team.