Yes yes yes yes yes you read that right. He is ours and you can’t have him.
It has been reported by numerous sources, though first by Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes, that Robinson Cano has inked a 10 year, $240 million deal with the Mariners, pending a physical monday.
Last night the world was aware that Cano was in Seattle, though this morning there were reports surfacing that rookie Agent Jay-Z (yes, that Jay-Z) overplayed his hand and that Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln called off the deal.
Then, reports resurfaced that the Ms and Cano were nearing a deal– and that no such overblown explosion from Lincoln occurred.
The last 48 hours included tours of the facility, and, of course, a meeting with King Felix Hernandez. Who better to sway a superstar to play in the northwest?
This has played out like a terrible date or an amazing movie. Back and forth and back and forth with uncertainty and bliss then doing it all over again.
But it appears the Mariners are taking a stand and spending the abundance of money they have. Once this Cano deal is finalized Monday, dominoes will continue to fall– including a trade of some of the infield depth the Mariners. We here at Sodo Mojo will give you the scoop on everything that comes out, may come out, and should come out of this Cano signing.
Did the Mariners overpay? Certainly. But did they get a top 5 MLB position player to tool around the infield for the next decade? Yes. Are the Mariners changing the baseball culture and perception in the northwest? They sure are trying.
Look to Sodo Mojo tonight and throughout the week for more information on the signing, the details as they are made known, and the shockwaves it will send through the organization and through baseball.
And apologies for the late break of the story here at Sodo Mojo– I was stuck in class talking about the development of the first periodic table. Not nearly as interesting as the Mariners signing the top free agent on the market.
Come back for more throughout the week! And just food for thought as you part: the Mariners are paying Cano $240 million. They have doled out $238.2 million to free agents in the last 8 years COMBINED. Go Ms, and respect to Howard Lincoln if he actually cussed out Jay-Z.