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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Most certainly, Jay Z has gotten to know Jack Z — as in Jack Zduriencik, the general manager of the Seattle Mariners, and previously an executive with the Milwaukee Brewers. We're sure Jack Z and Jay Z will be great friends now that they're each so heavily invested in the success of Cano.
It's a dream pairing. Probably the best ally Jay Z has had since he met Beyonce, and before that his "Best of Both Worlds" bud R. Kelly. While we daydream of potential collaborations between Jack Z and Jay Z, here's a side-by-side comparison.
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A busy Friday: Curtis Granderson joins the Mets, Hiroki Kuroda back with Yankees, plus Scott Feldman, J.P. Arencibia find new homesMike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
While baseball tried to wrap its head around the Robinson Cano/Seattle Mariners marriage, the Hot Stove kept on cooking. A handful of non-Cano deals were closed by early afternoon Friday. No one else got 10 years and $240 million, but some money was thrown around — from New York City all the way down to Houston.
• Curtis Granderson, like Cano, officially parted with the pinstripes. But the formers Yankees outfielder didn't move across the country. He's staying in NYC, joining up with the New York Mets for four years and $60 million. It's a splashy move, writes Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown. A return to the Yankees wasn't likely for Granderson, 32, but the Mets were after him hot and heavy. They need outfield help and Granderson has power. He'll just need to stay healthy and limit his strikeouts.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Robinson Cano agreed to a monster 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners on Friday, a move that will have him drinking Starbucks and staring at the Space Needle until, theoretically, he's 41.
Here's a question: What number will he wear? Did Jay-Z — Cano's rookie agent who snagged him all those millions — get a contract clause about the number on Cano's back?
You see, Cano has worn No. 24 most of his career. It's Jackie Robinson's number reversed, and Cano was named after Robinson, so it makes sense. In Seattle, though, No. 24 is associated with one man — the Mariners' original megastar, Ken Griffey Jr.
Griffey was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame earlier this season, but his number hasn't been retired yet. It will be. It should be. Just not yet. After everyone heard about Cano's money, 24 became the next most interesting number. Even Washington Nationals young star Bryce Harper chimed in.
- David Brown at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
George Steinbrenner would have paid Robinson Cano. So it's a good thing for the New York Yankees that Hal Steinbrenner, the team's current owner, is not his father. Because in five or six years, when Cano is 36 or 37 years old and probably struggling to earn $24 million a year and there's still four or five years left on the $240 million contract he signed with the Seattle Mariners on Friday, the Yankees won't have to be wondering how they got here — again — and how they'll get out of it.
The Yankees have been down this expensive road before. With Alex Rodriguez, for $275 million. With CC Sabathia for $182 million. With Mark Teixeira, for $180 million. They've even taken on the likes of Vernon Wells and Alfonso Soriano at the end of their megadeals when no one else wanted to afford them anymore. They've seen what's happening with Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in Los Angeles.
- David Brown at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
UPDATE: Cano signed for $240 million with the Seattle Mariners.
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The Seattle Mariners and Robinson Cano have stopped talking contract, the New York Daily News reports, because Cano's agent — hip hop impresario Jay Z — asked for too much money. Instead of treated, the M's got tricked!
Hova, say it ain't so!
Cano and his camp arrived in Seattle with what sources described as basically an eight-year deal for $200 million in hand and the assurances that Seattle would go to nine years and $225 million. But when Jay Z then upped the ante to 10 years for $252 million, Mariners president Howard Lincoln apparently "exploded," according to one of the sources, and ended the meeting.
- David Brown at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Tim McCarver never said he was retiring. Not yet. No matter that he won't return to the national Fox broadcasts, there might be another TV job for him in 2014 with the St. Louis Cardinals. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says discussions are underway that could lead to McCarver working again for his former team, "probably in a limited role":
Officials at Fox Sports Midwest, which has the Cardinals’ local TV rights, declined to comment. And Dan Farrell, the Cards senior vice president who oversees their broadcast operations, could not be reached.
McCarver, contacted Thursday, did not want to talk about any specific job possibilities for next season. But he did reiterate that he hasn’t retired at age 72.
- David Brown at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Nelson Mandela, a man of resolute character, vast accomplishment and immeasurable influence died Thursday at age 95. He also looked nothing like New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. And yet, NBC station WDIV-TV in Detroit confused one for the other during a newscast segment that was meant to pay tribute to Mandela by putting up a graphic of A-Rod holding a bat.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness.
GOOD READ: Is Seattle a realistic destination for Robinson Cano? Yahoo Sports baseball columnist Tim Brown weighs in. [Yahoo Sports]
IT'S OFFICIAL: Brian Wilson and the Los Angeles Dodgers are reunited for 2014 ... and maybe 2015. He'll get $10 million next season. [Yahoo Sports]
FREE-AGENT SIGNING: More relief pitcher news: Red Sox agree to terms with Edward Mujica. He'll make $9.5 million over two years. [Yahoo Sports]
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
Brian McCann, the New York Yankees' new $85 million man, was officially introduced to the pinstriped-loving world on Thursday, calling it one of the best days of his life. It was also one of the most hairless days of his life.
McCann, the former Atlanta Brave, is the latest Yankee addition to adhere to the team's grooming policy — no beards, no goatees, no long hair. Mustaches, oddly enough, are OK. George Steinbrenner must have yearned for a world of Ron Swansons.
- David Brown at Big League Stew1 day ago
This report from ESPN Deportes is in Spanish, but the numbers in it translate to an offer of between $230 million-$240 million over 10 seasons for free agent Robinson Cano by the Seattle Mariners. It also says that Cano met with the Mariners in Seattle on Thursday.
That's a little bit more (sarcasm) than what the Yankees reportedly have offered Cano, the New York Daily News reported a day earlier:
The Yankees are set firm on a deal worth $165 million-$170 million over seven years while Cano’s latest demand was for a nine-year pact worth $260 million that also includes a $28 million vesting option for a 10th year.
Here's how the differences compare:
• Mariners have offered about $23 milion-$24 million per season for 10 years.
• The Yankees have offered about $24 million-$25 million per season for seven years.
• Cano wants $28 million-$29 million per season for nine years.