“We loved Robby. He’s a great player,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. “We made an offer we were comfortable with making. It fell far short of obviously where Seattle was. So, in terms of respect, they showed a lot more respect financially than we did.”
General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday the team isn’t shopping outfielder Brett Gardner, though they will listen to offers.
“If the numbers are right, he had 240 million reasons why he should go to Seattle,” Cashman said poolside at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday. “If I was him, I would’ve done the same thing.”
The Yanks are still looking for a second baseman/third baseman type and are trying to bring the lineup “back to the top two or three offenses in the game. We need more work there.”
“We got pretty close throughout the years, but I understand it’s a business. It’s a business on both sides. I would have liked to have played with him longer but you understand it’s a business, guys move on.”
With the additions of Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees have a surplus of outfielders. So could a trade be in the works?
That would leave them with approximately $5 million to spend if they intend to stay under the $189 million threshold.
It was a back-and-forth morning, but Robinson Cano is no longer a Yankee. The second baseman agreed to a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Mariners on Friday, according to WFAN/CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman.
The Yankees have reportedly re-signed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal worth $16 million.
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.
Jacoby Ellsbury came through the Red Sox system and was beloved by Sox fans. Not anymore. He will be booed as loudly as Wade Boggs and Roger Clemens were when they came back to Fenway.
Is there a market for Robinson Cano beyond the New York Yankees? That is what we hope to learn at the Winter Meetings next week in Orlando.
Yankees then countered with a seven-year deal between $160 million and $175 million.
According to free agent second baseman Robinson Cano, the words “$300 million” have never come out of his mouth.
Yankees president Randy Levin and general manager Brian Cashman met with Brodie Van Wagenen and Juan Perez of CAA. Cano, a five-time All-Star, did not attend.