Friday, December 6, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, Robinson Cano has left the building, and he's heading to The Rainy City.

In a deal first reported by's Jon Heyman, with contract details provided by Enrique Rojas of, Cano shocked the world -- kinda -- by signing a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners.

The deal, which is the third largest contract in baseball history, tied with the one Albert Pujols signed with Los Angeles Angels after the 2011 season, includes a full no-trade clause, sources told ESPN's Jim Bowden.

The agreement between Cano and the Mariners came just hours after talks broke down when Jay Z tried to overplay his hand and ask Seattle for 10-years, $250 million over the 9-year, $225 million they were preparing to offer.

Talks were said to be dead after Jay Z's demand, but that clearly wasn't the case. The Mariners' offer was almost $80 million more than the Yankees' highest offer seven-years, $175 million.

Adding Cano does not make the Mariners instant winners, because they still have a lot more work to do if they want to be better than the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers or Los Angeles Angels, who are all in Seattle's division.

The Yankees, on the other hand, who Cano is leaving, just introduced new addition Brian McCann on Thursday, and a couple days before that signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-years, $153 million contract. New York is in a much better position to win at the moment, and the Yankees will probably be in a better position than the Mariners for at least the next few seasons.

The Mariners come to the Bronx for a three-game series against the Yankees April 29th-30th and may 1st.


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