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.
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