Mariners, Robinson Cano make contract official
Robinson Cano's 10-year contract with the Mariners is now a done deal.
As for the details, our own Jon Heyman tweets that Cano will make $24 million in each of the 10 seasons of the deal, which, obviously, means there's no back-loading. The deal also includes a full no-trade clause.
Heyman puts all that in context:
Cano deal is highest for 2B, $240M to $110M for pedroia. And for lefty hitter (Votto, $225M).— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 12, 2013
Cano will be in Seattle Thursday night to be formally introduced as a Mariner.
In advance of that ...
I’m looking forward to the future and joining the @Mariners in Seattle! Thank you New York & my amazing fans for the support thru the years.— Robinson Cano (@RobinsonCano) December 12, 2013
Cano, 31, is a career .309/.355/.504 hitter, which is outstanding production for an up-the-middle defender. As well, he's improved greatly with the glove to that point that he's now a defensive asset at second base, and he's also not burdened by severe platoon issues at the plate. He's also one of the most durable players in baseball: since 2007, Cano has averaged 160 games played per season.
As for the forthcoming optics of Cano-as-Mariner, they'll probably go a little something like this ...
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