LOS ANGELES, December 6, 2013 — Robinson Cano has decided to become a Seattle Mariner. According to ESPNdeportes.com, Cano and the Mariners have agreed to a ten-year, $240 million deal.
Robinson Cano, a career .309 hitter, slashed .314/..383/.516 with 27 homeruns in 2013 with the New York Yankees. Since 2007, Cano has played in at least 159 games every year.
These contract numbers are identical to the numbers the Anaheim Angels agreed upon with Albert Pujols in 2011, a contract the Angels and their fans undoubtedly started to regret in the first year of the deal. Since signing his deal, Pujols has been injured often and has looked like a shell of his former self.
Seattle has long needed more offense, however, ten years is a long time, especially when one considers that Cano, 31, will have just three more years, maybe four, before nature and age start to factor in and deplete his production.
There are no details yet on how the contract will be structured. If you’re a Mariners fan, you would hope that the deal is at least front loaded, unlike the back loaded deal Pujols signed. The Pujols deal started at $12 million and steadily increases every year until his age 41 season when he will be making $30 million.
If Seattle front loads the deal, it would definitely lighten the crippling economic effects of such a long deal. Like the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, the Yankees have dodged a bullet by not signing Cano.
While Cano is clearly the best second baseman in baseball right now, a decent comparison would be Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox. Pedroia avoided free agency earlier in the year by signing an extension worth $110 million over eight years.
Had the Yankees re-signed Cano, they would be instant World Series contenders after also signing Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann. Seattle, on the other hand, still is not going to be good enough to compete in the American League West against the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers.
Seattle wanted to make a splash and a splash they made, although that splash on the surface appears to be the result of a belly flop.
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