Mariners have agreed with Robinson Cano on a 10-year, $240M contract

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The Mariners have agreed on a 10-year, $240 million deal with superstar second baseman Robinson Cano, CBSSports.com confirms.

Early on Friday, there were reports (including here) of a snag in negotiations, but sources suggest that was overblown or just not correct, as the sides worked through a deal in the following hours.

The 31-year-old Cano and agent Jay Z flew to Seattle and received the $225-million, nine-year offer from the Mariners on Thursday, then the sides finalized the deal at $240 million, as Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes first reported. CBSSports.com first reported that the Mariners and Cano were close to a deal.

The Yankees had offered somewhere in the range of $160 million to $170 million, and all indications were that Cano badly wanted to return to the only team he knew. But the Mariners made Cano their prime target, and the team that has struggled to lure the big fish in the past has finally hauled in one of the biggest.

Cano told people he felt somewhat disrespected by the Yankees' offers, which weren't that far above the $153-million deal they gave Jacoby Ellsbury, a Red Sox. Jay Z and Cano's ever-present father Jose Cano had in mind from the beginning that the Yankees were the best spot, according to sources, but the negotiations made the choice clear to Cano by the end.

The Yankees were preferred in part due to marketing ideas, but Cano's people recall that Ken Griffey Jr. had a fruitful and public career while with the Mariners.

The Mariners sold Cano on their upcoming "core" of players, a perhaps subtle hint that the Yankees' Core Four is winding to a close, and it's true Seattle has a number of talented young players. They also told him how big a hero he would become if he brought the first World Series championship to Seattle.

Seattle will try to augment its team, as general manager Jack Zduriencik suggested they would. Matt Kemp, Nelson Cruz and David Price could be other targets. The Mariners could now use second baseman Ryan Franklin in a potential Price trade.

Cano's career statistics
Year Team G AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
2005 NYY 132 522 78 155 14 62 16 68 1 3 .320 .458 .297
2006 NYY 122 482 62 165 15 78 18 54 5 2 .365 .525 .342
2007 NYY 160 617 93 189 19 97 39 85 4 5 .353 .488 .306
2008 NYY 159 597 70 162 14 72 26 65 2 4 .305 .410 .271
2009 NYY 161 637 103 204 25 85 30 63 5 7 .352 .520 .320
2010 NYY 160 626 103 200 29 109 57 77 3 2 .381 .534 .319
2011 NYY 159 623 104 188 28 118 38 96 8 2 .349 .533 .302
2012 NYY 161 627 105 196 33 94 61 96 3 2 .379 .550 .313
2013 NYY 160 605 81 190 27 107 65 85 7 1 .383 .516 .314
Total   1374 5336 799 1649 204 822 350 689 38 28 .355 .504 .309
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