On Thursday night, Robinson Cano was reportedly nearing a nine-year deal with the Seattle Mariners. After a reported snag, the talks were supposedly dead this morning. But now, according to ESPNDeportes, Cano has agreed on a 10-year, $240 million contract with Seattle.
Cano had rejected the only other known offer from the New York Yankees, supposedly for seven years and $160 million.
The Mariners are desperate to be relevant and attracting the top free agent on the market is their modus operandi. This morning's report in the New York Daily News has Cano's agent, Jay-Z, demanding a 10th year to the team's original, nine-year deal with Seattle objecting.
Cano’s agents managed to create a market for the second baseman, something that didn’t seem possible a week ago. It was the Yankees bidding against no one else.
Now, the Mariners have grossly overpaid for an excellent player, but one they felt they had to have.