For Robinson Cano, Seattle is a long way from home

Robinson Cano has his eyes on the prize

Robinson Cano has his eyes on the prize

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
Year W L W-L% Finish Managers
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)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/6/2013.

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)
Player BA AB H 2B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG Tm
Robinson Cano .314 3118 978 224 142 513 251 417 .369 .530 NYY
Dustin Pedroia .297 2767 823 190 72 353 318 303 .370 .451 BOS
Howie Kendrick .287 2555 734 145 59 320 133 488 .328 .429 LAA
Brandon Phillips .278 3006 837 155 92 419 201 420 .329 .432 CIN
Chase Utley .273 2171 593 109 87 316 278 342 .371 .462 PHI
Neil Walker .273 2008 548 117 54 271 189 395 .339 .423 PIT
Mark Ellis .266 2141 569 105 35 230 151 329 .322 .368 OAK-TOT-LAD
Aaron Hill .266 2666 710 151 107 363 199 389 .322 .451 TOR-TOT-ARI
Ian Kinsler .264 2777 732 159 104 352 315 354 .344 .445 TEX
Rickie Weeks .249 2189 545 112 89 243 252 604 .341 .434 MIL
Dan Uggla .235 2724 641 119 141 410 403 794 .339 .438 FLA-ATL
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Generated 12/6/2013.

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.”

Which means…

Seattle, I’m ready for your offer.

  • TheTruth67

    I’ll take an offer!!

  • Ácbéam

    This may be stating the obvious, but it’s clear that Cano and Co. have no intention of signing with Seattle. They’re only using them as leverage against the Yankees. Kudos to the Yankees for not giving in to Cano’s beyond ridiculous demands.

    • Greatone

      wrong

      • Ácbéam

        Not the first time, and certainly not the last. Thank you all for your very insightful comments.

    • warminghut

      Clear as mud?

    • warminghut

      This may be stating the obvious, but you’ve been proven wrong.