Yup, you read that correctly. Multiple league sources have confirmed that the Seattle Mariners have entered as a major player in the Robinson Cano sweepstakes. It is no secret that Jack Zduriencik is looking to make a big splash in free agency again this year.
Zduriencik has been known to try and lure big time free agents in the past (Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton), but failed getting them to sign for what are obvious reasons to everyone outside of Seattle.
Jack Zduriencik did his best to downplay the situation by telling ESPNNewYork’s Andrew Marchand, “We’ve talked to everybody.. There’s not a free agent we haven’t talked to. We’ve cast a wide net.”
The Mariners are looking to become big spenders on the market this year. It seems that what it will come down to for Cano is deciding if he is more about the money or more about the team.
The Mariners will be prepared to offer him what should be around the $200 million dollar price range. If he accepts, he will join (King) Felix Hernandez as the only player signed beyond 2015 on the current roster.
The obvious facts here are that the Mariners have a ton of cash to throw around and Jack Zduriencik is doing his due diligence in trying to get the biggest name on the free agent market to come to the Pacific Northwest.
Reports are just coming in that free agent Jacoby Ellsbury has just signed with the New York Yankees on a seven year contract, pending a physical. This likely means that Cano will not be back in pinstripes next year.
With the signing of Ellsbury, the money will simply not be there for resigning Cano, especially to the type of figures the five time all star deserves. This news is a huge gain for the Mariners if they are serious about Cano.