NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was a back-and-forth morning, but Robinson Cano is no longer a Yankee.
Say that to yourself and repeat it a few times: Robbie Cano is no longer a New York Yankee. Who would have thought that he, with Jay Z by his side, wouldn’t be in the Bronx in 2014? Very few, but that’s now the reality.
The second baseman agreed to a 10-year deal with the Mariners on Friday, according to WFAN/CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
The deal is worth $240 million.
It appeared early on Friday morning that the two sides were close on a nine-year, $225 million deal, but then it was reported that negotiations hit a snag when Jay Z asked the Mariners for an additional year and $27 million.
According to Heyman, reports of a snag may have been inaccurate.
The Yankees were the favorites to re-sign the five-time All-Star, but they weren’t willing to pay as much as Seattle was. General manager Brian Cashman reportedly offered Cano a deal between $160-$170 million, according to Heyman, though he was willing to go as high as $175 million over seven years if necessary.
Cano was the most sought-after free agent on the market. The 31-year-old, who broke in with the club in 2005, is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner and a five-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He won the Home Run Derby in 2011 and was a key member of the Yankees’ 2009 World Series championship team.
The offense isn’t exactly in shambles with the loss of Cano. The Yankees have added two significant bats in Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, though they did lose Curtis Granderson to the Mets on Friday. Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter are expected to be healthy for the start of next season, and Alex Rodriguez could return to the lineup if his 211-game suspension isn’t upheld.
The Bombers recently agreed to terms with Kelly Johnson, so he’s a candidate to replace Cano at second base. New York may look to replace the slugger with a more accomplished hitter, however, and free agent Omar Infante could be an option.
With the money that would have gone to Cano, New York may also get back in the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes or pursue Shin-Soo Choo.
On the pitching front, the Yankees and Hiroki Kuroda agreed to a one-year, $16 million deal on Friday. New York is still expected to go after one or two starters and look for some bullpen help.
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