The negotiations between Dominican middle infielder Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners escalated to another level on Thursday when [Cano] took a private plane from New York to Seattle to personally talk to the AL club, a source told ESPNdeportes.com.
It couldn't be determined how close the two sides are to an agreement, but the source told ESPNdeportes.com the Mariners let Cano know they are willing to pay him between 230 and 240 million over the next 10 seasons.
Needless to say, that would qualify as a competitive offer. Cano's camp has long floated the possibility of a $300 million pact. Of course, that's merely a starting position, and something close to $240 million may be enough to get a deal done. Would the Yankees, after the high-dollar signings of Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, be willing to compete with those numbers? That's the real question for Cano and the Mariners, provided the above turns out to be true.
Cano is the leading name in this year's free agent class, and, given market rates, he's certainly a talent befitting that kind of contract. The 31-year-old is a career .309/.355/.504 hitter with 204 homers. Cano's also developed into a defensive asset at second, and he's played in no fewer than 159 games in each of the past seven seasons. As well, he's placed in the top six of the AL MVP balloting in each of the past four seasons.