Seattle, WA - According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, the Seattle Mariners are being viewed as a legitimate contender to sign free agent second baseman Robinson Cano. Cano has been seeking a huge contract that the Yankees have even balked at to this point. It has been reported that the Mariners are strongly considering offering Cano an eight-year contract worth around $200 million.
Cano had a big season with the Yankees last year, batting for a .314 average with 27 homers and 107 RBI’s. Those numbers would be a huge help to the Mariners and would also begin bringing the fanbase back around to a positive way of thinking. Seattle hasn’t been considered contenders for quite some time, but the addition of a big bat like Cano might change the perception from around the league.
Obviously the contract that the Mariners are considering offering is a big one. The question comes down to whether or not it is a good deal for Seattle, especially if the rest of their team isn’t built to contend even with Cano’s big bat. It is also worth considering whether or not Cano would be willing to leave a contending team for a team like Seattle who may not even make a postseason appearance in the next few years.
This is really going to come down to what exactly Cano is looking for. If he wants to sign with a contender who gives him a good chance to win while still making a large amount of money, then he may very well re-sign with the Yankees. That being said, if money is the main factor in where he decides to spend the next chapter of his career, then Seattle may very well be the team to watch out for.
Quite a few teams have been showing interest in Cano this offseason, but his contract demands have made quite a few of those teams back off quickly. The Yankees and Mariners do appear to be the two front-runners to sign him, but at this point talks are heating up quickly with Seattle. His representatives have been meeting with Mariners’ officials this week and are reportedly strongly considering the offer that Seattle has made.
There will be more news on Cano as this week moves forward. Pro Sports Extra will have updates as we hear them, so make sure to check back for more information.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.