The New York Yankees are preparing for a 2014 season with what will be a very different team. And they'll be doing it without the services of Robinson Cano. Sources began reporting on Friday that Cano had reportedly signed a huge deal with the Seattle Mariners, one that will likely be one of the largest in MLB history.
Sources within Cano's camp, through ESPN Deportes reporter Enrique Rojas, said the deal is being reported at 10 years and worth $240 million. It would match the third-largest contract EVER for a Major League player. The Mariners would not confirm the deal, which is still pending a physical and finalization of the paperwork.
This is no surprise, as most teams will not officially announce contract negotiations until a physical is done and the contract has been signed. That process can take several days. That said, the announcement may not come until sometime during next week's Winter Meetings in Florida.
The deal would match Albert Pujols' deal with the Angels two seasons ago, when he signed a 10 year contract for $240 million. Alex Rodriguez holds the top two spots, when he signed a 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers in 2001 for $252. He then inked another decade-long contract with the Yankees in 2008 for $275 million.
Cano was looking for something better than what the Yankees were prepared to offer, as they had proposed a seven year deal worth an estimated $170 million to the 31-year old.
He is no doubt worthy of a big deal, as he has been one of the most lethal hitters in all of baseball the last four years. Since 2009, he's averaged no less than 28 home runs and 103 RBI's and has made the AL All-Star roster every season. But the question remains with all monster contracts like this -- will he continue to earn that paycheck, or will Seattle live to regret that move like the Yankees did with A-Rod?