NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Seattle Mariners appear to be all-in on Robinson Cano. According to a report in the Daily News, they may have made an offer to the free agent second baseman that trumps the Yankees’ latest offer.
The Mariners are going after Cano “guns-a-blazing,” the newspaper reported.
Meanwhile, the New York Post reported that Cano met with the Mariners on Tuesday and the meeting “went very well.”
Cano is a five-time AL All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger winner. The 31-year-old second baseman batted .314 with 190 hits, 27 home runs, and 107 RBI in 160 games in 2013.
General manager Brian Cashman and the Yankees are reportedly standing firm on a seven-year contract offer worth between $165 million-$170 million.
Cano and his representatives are reportedly seeking a nine-year deal worth $260 million.
It appears that the Mariners are determined to outbid the Yankees because they are desperate to land a marquee player to draw fans and advertising revenue. Seattle hasn’t had that kind of drawing card since Ichiro Suzuki lit up Safeco Field several years ago.
Should the Yankees not outbid the Mariners, Cano will be forced to weigh the almighty dollar against the prospect of not being a Yankee for the rest of his career.
The Yankees have recently added two top free agents in Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann. Re-signing Cano would give the Bombers a dominant lineup heading into 2014.
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