I love Seattle.
I love the ballpark, the food, Ivar’s food at the ballpark, the Pike Place Market, the coffee, and the Fremont Troll.
I’d be quite content going to Starbucks, reading Larry Stone and Geoff Baker, sitting in the great library, visiting the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley, and dining on seafood and more at the city’s great restaurants.
My point here is if Robinson Cano turns down the Mariners nine-year, $225 million contract, I’d be willing to go…for half the price.
Seattle is a long way from baseball greatness
Understand that leaving the Yankees for the Mariners would be leaving a tradition of baseball superiority. It’s not just the Mariners have missed the postseason in recent years (2001 was their last visit), the Space Needle is the only part of Seattle over .500 since 2009.
10 years of futility
|2013||71||91||.438||4th of 5||Eric Wedge (71-91)|
|2012||75||87||.463||4th of 4||Eric Wedge (75-87)|
|2011||67||95||.414||4th of 4||Eric Wedge (67-95)|
|2010||61||101||.377||4th of 4||Don Wakamatsu (42-70) and Daren Brown (19-31)|
|2009||85||77||.525||3rd of 4||Don Wakamatsu (85-77)|
|2008||61||101||.377||4th of 4||John McLaren (25-47) and Jim Riggleman (36-54)|
|2007||88||74||.543||2nd of 4||Mike Hargrove (45-33) and John McLaren (43-41)|
|2006||78||84||.481||4th of 4||Mike Hargrove (78-84)|
|2005||69||93||.426||4th of 4||Mike Hargrove (69-93)|
|2004||63||99||.389||4th of 4||Bob Melvin (63-99)|
The Mariners need Cano
Forget for a moment all that Cano brings as one of the two best second basemen in baseball (you can never lose by opting for Dustin Pedroia on your team). Cano hits for average, has great power, is brilliant in the field and is out there every day.
Second basemen 2009-13 (min. 500 games)
It’s more than Cano’s on-the field contribution
The Mariners need Cano to change the perception of the team as the location from which you get the great “third-bid” to an actual landing spot. As the Rangers and Tigers deal players like Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler, and A.J. Pierzynski heads to Boston, the Yankees sign Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, the M’s announced the signing of backup infielder/utility player Willie Bloomquist.
The Mariners are a long way from the world that Cano is used to…
And a long way from home…
- Seattle to New York City is 2404 miles.
- Seattle to San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic is 3478 miles.
Which is why…
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.”
Seattle, I’m ready for your offer.