This report from ESPN Deportes is in Spanish, but the numbers in it translate to an offer of between $230-240 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 $165-170 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 $23-24 million per season for 10 years.
• The Yankees have offered about $24-25 million per season for seven years.
• Cano wants $28-29 million per season for nine years.
They're not all that far apart. Cano wants a nine-year deal, the Yankees offered seven. Cano wants $28-29 million a season, the Yankees offered $24-25 million. The existence of the Mariners offer will bring the Yankees back to the table, no matter that they're "set firm." The existence of the Jacoby Ellsbury contract — $153 million over seven years — forces the Yankees to budge in Cano's direction.
It's an exciting offer the Mariners have made, and perhaps Cano will be playing in Seattle for the next decade. But if Cano wants to play for the Yankees and the Yankees want him, they should be able to agree.
UPDATE: Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner says he still wants Cano in New York:
"We're still talking," Steinbrenner said. "Nobody is giving up. We are a decent distance apart. We are just going to have to wait and see. Day-by-day. That's all I can do."
Steinbrenner knows losing Cano would be a huge blow.
"It would make a big difference," Steinbrenner said. "Robbie is one of the best players in baseball. No doubt about that. He is a great player. And he has been a great Yankee. We'll keep plugging away until it happens or it doesn't."
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