The Seattle Mariners are pursuing free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano and prepared to offer him a 10-year contract valued at $230 million to $240 million, according to a report.
Cano was taking a private plane to Seattle on Thursday to meet with the Mariners, ESPN Desportes reported.
The Yankees' best offer to sign Cano so far is pegged at around $175 million for seven years. His agent, Jay-Z, wants Cano to remain in New York.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik refused to comment on the Mariners' pursuit of Cano.
The 31-year-old Cano is considered the top free agent on the market this offseason. He is a career .309 hitter with 204 home runs and 822 RBIs in nine seasons with the Yankees. He's also one of the top defensive second basemen in the American League and has proved to be durable, playing in a minimum of 159 regular-season games the past seven years.
This past season, Cano played in 160 games and batted .314 with 27 home runs and 107 RBIs.
In the past four seasons, Cano finished among the top six in the AL MVP voting.