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Cano Signs With Seattle 10 YRs/$240 MIL: Do You Want A Good Team Or A Good Business?

Cano and his brass were in the Emerald City over night - to dicker with the Seattle Brass over a supposed 9 YR contract worth around $225 - $240 MIL.  But something went awry, and the Cano camp made the Seattle Mariners storm off with disgust over what the demands were. In a city where they have only had 2 winning seasons in the last 10 years, they do not need to put all of their eggs in just one basket.  We will go through the long decade of suffering in his blog, and come up with the conclusion, that the last thing the franchise needs - is another Free Agency flop.

Cano and his management posse were in the Emerald City over night – to dicker with the Seattle Brass over a supposed 9 YR contract worth around $225 – $240 MIL . But something went awry, and the Cano camp made the Seattle Mariners storm off with disgust over what the demands were originally.   It has now been reported the sides agreed to a 10 YR/$240 MIL deal.  This could be a colossal mistake from the club, despite seeing probable early returns on their investment and the ticket wicket and for TV Ratings. In a city where they have only had 2 winning seasons in the last 10 years, they didn’t need to put all of their eggs in just one basket. We will go through the long decade of suffering in his blog, and come up with the conclusion, that the last thing the franchise needs – is another Free Agency flop.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): (Big Credit to Paul Francis Sullivan)  

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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?

Sully’s Daily Podcast from last night – truer words have never been spoken – Listen to this 20 Min show!

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – December 5, 2013

The Mariners have one of the gem stadiums in all of baseball right now.  It is too bad the team on the field has not been that great - in what has been a brutal decade.  When this park opened, the Mariners were drawing over 3 Million Fans a year, the city was nuts over the franchise for the last decade, and the fanbase cheered for their Stars.  A multitude of terrible transactions and signings has brought this PAC NW hub down to half of its original attendance since the park opened.  If the club didn't come out for the solely popular Ichiro Suzuki - while he was still in his prime, what makes the club think that Cano being brought in will just revive the buzz around the team?

The Mariners have one of the gem stadiums in all of baseball right now. It is too bad the team on the field has not been that great – in what has been a brutal decade. When this park opened, the Mariners were drawing over 3 Million Fans a year, the city was nuts over the franchise for the last decade, and the fanbase cheered for their Stars. A multitude of terrible transactions and signings has brought this PAC NW hub down to half of its original attendance since the park opened. If the club didn’t come out for the solely popular Ichiro Suzuki – while he was still in his prime, what makes the club think that Cano being brought in will just revive the buzz around the team?  The Roc Sports Agency side apparently wasasking for 10 YRs/$250 – and eventually settled about $10 MIL less than that

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.

In 2005, the club made one last ditch effort in Free Agency to rescue their championship dreams.  They signed Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre to multi – year deals each.

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.

It was another poor decision by the team.  About the same time, they made the brutal trade of Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and several other prospects for an injury riddled – mad guy Erik Bedard.

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.

Lest we forget, they traded Doug Fister, (for highly traveled now) Casper Wells, and a proverbial bag of baseballs.

Did we mention, the brass could only receive the immortal Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee deal to Texas.

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!

Yes it has taken years for the Mariners to build their Minor League Systems up, and begin to see the fruits of their labour, however risking all a huge chunk of their team salary on a player - who might see a harsh decline in his production - based on variant factors, is a gamble they simply shouldn't delve into.  Perhaps with the outcome of the meeting the club had with Cano, it has effectively burned the bridges between the two parties?  The M's are on the cusp of breaking through to success, but they should take the Pirates mode of getting there, instead of trying to jump the shark too early.

Yes it has taken years for the Mariners to build their Minor League Systems up, and begin to see the fruits of their labour, however risking all a huge chunk of their team salary on a player – who might see a harsh decline in his production – based on variant factors, is a gamble they simply shouldn’t delve into. Phe M’s are on the cusp of breaking through to success, but they should have taken the Pirates mode of getting there, instead of trying to jump the shark too early.  The team could have still been proactive with their money, ultimately it will be winning that will bring back the good gates now that their financial picture has been locked in.

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A nice thing the Mariners did for me - while I was there for my Record Breaking Streak Chase last year.  The M's front office is classy, is involved heavily with Social Media, while the park is one of the better values of the Major Leagues.

A nice thing the Mariners did for me – while I was there for my Record Breaking Streak Chase last year. The M’s front office is classy, is involved heavily with Social Media, while the park is one of the better values of the Major Leagues.

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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