Cano Signs With Seattle 10 YRs/$240 MIL: Do You Want A Good Team Or A Good Business?
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The deal was supposed to be 9 YRs/$225 MIL for Robinson Cano‘s services to be taken to The Pacific Northwest, and play for the home fans of Safeco Field.
Somewhere in the deliberations, the Roc Nations Sports Agency (Jay – Z’s gang) made an unruly notion for something, to which the brass of the Seattle Mariners stormed off.
It would be nice to have been a fly on the wall for that sparing off of the minds.
The two sides finally agreed this morning to a 10 YR/$240 MIL deal for the ALL – Star, SIlver Slugger 2B.
Before the deal, a neutral fan had to ask Cano really taking the M’s seriously, or was it all for show – in hopes he could draw more cash from a team he really wants to play for?
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Seattle has seen a plethora of multi – talented players in the MLB lore for the last 20 years.
First off with Ken Griffey, the most dynamic player in baseball in the 1990’s. One could argue they had the most dominant Left Handed Starter in Randy Johnson for the mid 90’s as well.
The Right Field position was patrolled by Jay Buhner, who was putting up 40 HRs and 100 RBI every year for the franchise.
Not to mention, they had the best DH of that ERA in Edgar Martinez, who was perhaps the best professional hitter in the league during his time frame.
Oh yeah… some guy named Alex Rodriguez also came up through the ranks of the M’s organization – to become an all – world player. He signed a 10 – YR/$252 MIL deal to leave Seattle.
In three consecutive years, the Mariners saw Johnson, Griffey and Rodriguez leave respectively from 1998 – 2000, with the skill talents eroding from Buhner.
Alas, the 2001 year coincided with a new CF for the team….and he took Johnson’s #51 number.
Ichiro Suzuki came into the league on fire, setting hits records, winning the AL MVP, AL rookie of the year – and started the 1st of 10 straight 200 hit campaigns.
Safeco Field was opened (and the best ever players aforementioned in this blog) where responsible for saving the team in Seattle. The Kingdome was demolished – and a new baseball cathedral was serup for all to see.
The Mariners were packing the joint every night. 45000 – capacity were going through the turnstiles to see the club play.
Lou Piniella was the vibrant and winning manager of the club. They mattered in the American League.
2001 saw the team tie the Chicago Cubs for 116 wins (most ever for a regular season). Even though they lost in ALCS for the third time in 6 years.
The Seattle club soon slowly retreated back over the next several seasons. Buhner and Martinez grew old, as did useful (renaissance crafty pitcher) Jamie Moyer.
The worst part came after Lou Piniella left the coaching job vacant. Some have said he foresaw this all along, and he bolted to Tampa Bay, leaving Seattle to struggle with their next several skippers.
The attendance has continued to plummet since that year.
Seattle still had players like Suzuki, the good Bret Boone, and were circling the other clubs in the AL West for contention.
But 2 winning seasons out of the last decade reminded the city of Seattle and the fanbase of the dark time for the 1st 15 years of the franchise, before Griffey and Gang arrived.
The Mariners have been pretty irrelevant for a long time. Only Ichiro Suzuki and Felix Hernandez have been a great reason to come to the yard.
Sure they had under the radar player – who provided thrills such as Raul Ibanez, J.J. Putz, and even a couple of years of power in Russell Branyan. But it all has been failing to produce a competitive team.
The club was burned again when they tried to replace a departed Adrian Beltre – by 3B Chone Figgins, on a 4 year deal worth $36 MIL.
Also the team has made poor talent decisions in flipping Mike Morse (the 1st time), Shin-Soo Choo (for Ben Broussard), and even the last few years in giving away Brendan Morrow for Brandon League, and then giving Toronto another quality arm in Steve Delabar, for Eric Thames.
Jack Zduriencik had done a decent job of reassembling the Minor Leagues at least.
The team has finally cut bait with Gold Glover, but often injured Franklin Gutierrez, and has several young promising players on the horizon.
Their core young Starting Pitching staff has everyone counting down the months until this squad is competitive.
They have the electric Felix Hernandez, the 2013 AL Cy Young Runner up in Hisashi Iwakuma, and top prospects like James Paxton (dude is a LHP who throws 97 – 99 MPH), Taijuan Walker and Danny Hultzen.
Jack Z. is completely on the clock, and I can see the organization thinking about the Robinson Cano factor – potential expediting the process of contending. But it is the wrong time.
Sure Safeco Field would will probably see an instant spike in attendance to see the ALL – Star Second Baseman, and lord knows they will be better on offense out of their 2nd Base position..
Dollars wise, the increased attendance and TV viewership ratings should be buoyed by his very presence. However, this price tag is too high, plus high long will that trend continue?
The team can’t afford a second player making $24 MIL+ a year net to Felix Hernandez’s $25 MIL.
This came down to a business decision. where the team wanted buts in seats – and great ratings, only to sacrifice many of their core players in the long run by the payroll restrictions seen after the club does this.
No one was more popular in Seattle than Suzuki. From 2008 – 2012, this man drew in $18 MIL per year, and for 3 of those years, he was still his vintage self. The Mariners still must win to draw long term.
The people were still not coming out to the park because the team couldn’t field a winner.
There is no guarantee in Seattle, that bringing in Cano will make your club much better. You are still missing Ibanez (29 HRs and 65 RBI), and Kendrys Morales from last years squad, who helped the offense out.
Cano in Seattle, may turn into a .290/.350/850 hitter – with high teen HRs and just under 100 RBI per year.
He will play 99 games of his year in Safeco Field, O.co coliseum and Angel Stadium – notoriously bad ballpark for numbers.
Gone are the days he plays 99 of his games at Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Skydome, parks better suited for bolstering your stats.
Seattle would have been better of signing a bunch of young players and letting them grow together at the same age bracket. I am not saying they shouldn’t be active in the Free Agency market.
MLB reports has stated we think they would have been better going after a player like Shin-Soo Choo – and also look to eat some innings with a Starting Pitcher like Bronson Arroyo.
Having guys like this with winning pedigree is essential to your club, yet they dollar totals will not be as staggering as it would took to sign Can
The Mariners lack patience at the plate from several players on the team. You can’t tell me Choo – and near .400 OBP next year, wouldn’t be perfect tonic for those young hitters.
Arroyo could help take the burden of the young starting rotation. So much that you piggyback a couple of their young flamethrowers, to where they could make their biggest impact later in the season.
For those of you who listen to our Lead Writer’s (Sully’s podcast) – he has stated they would be better off trading for a guy like David Price for 2 years – (I echo his sentiments exactly.)
The team would have been better off trying to win with superior pitching – and patchwork offense.
There is no doubt the Mariners are in their best position in years to contend. Simply the onus was on the management to do the right thing here, yes if that also meant they would have lost their jobs over it in the process.
If Cano doesn’t help this franchise next year, it could be curtains for Jack. Z already!
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Posted on December 6, 2013, in Free Agency, MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 1995 ALCS, adrian beltre, AL West, alex rodriguez, ben broussard, bill bavasi, brandon league, brandon morrow, brett boone, casper wells, chone figgins, chris tillman, cliff lee, david price, doug fister, edgar martinez, eric thames, erik bedard, felix hernandez, hisashi iwakuma, j.j. putz, Jack Zduriencik, james paxton, jamie moyer, jay buhner, Jay-Z, justin smoak, ken griffey jr, kendrys morales, lou piniella, randy johnson, richie sexson, robinson cano, roc Sports Nation agency, russell branyan, safeco field, seattle mariners, shin-soo choo, steve Delabar, taijuan walker, the kingdome. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.