All of the speculation, all of the drama, all of the waiting is finally over. It appears that the Seattle Mariners will not get coveted free agent Robinson Cano.
The drama has been building for some time as every media outlet, baseball writer, blogger and 14-year old with a Twitter handle has been talking about the possibility of Cano coming to the Emerald City.
Cano flew out Thursday to meet with the Mariners front office and the meeting ended when agent Jay-Z upped the asking price again.
According to Peter Gammons over on his blog:
Bill Madden, Teri Thompson, and Mark Feinsand reported in today’s New York Daily News that the talks between the Mariners and Cano’s camp, led by rapper-turned super-agent Jay Z and CAA’s Brodie Van Wagenen collapsed “when Jay Z then upped the ante and demanded 10 years and $252 million — the same deal Alex Rodriguez took more than a decade ago when he left the Mariners for the Rangers — Mariners chairman and CEO Howard Lincoln apparently “exploded,” according to one of the sources, ending the meeting.”
So now that we don’t have Cano committed to Seattle, what’s next?
With the Winter Meetings a few days away and the Mariners still linked to any and ALL possible free agents and trade candidates, this could still be an interesting few days ahead for the M’s.
We will have all of the news for you as it breaks here on Sodo Mojo. Be sure to check out our Winter Meetings Preview Saturday morning.