Robinson Cano Wants to Return to Yankees?
Nearly two years ago the than Roc Nation cover boy Robinson Cano shocked the entire baseball world when he left the Yankees high and dry to sign his 10-year $240 MM deal with the Seattle Mariners.
Brian Cashman and the Yankees reportedly offered Cano a seven-year $175 MM deal, (which is slightly higher than the average annual value he’s earning in Seattle) but he opted to take his talents out west to the ‘Emerald City’ when they offered him three more years of insurance.
Over the course of the past two seasons there have been rumors surfacing in Seattle that Robinson Cano was unhappy with his current situation, and who can blame him? The Mariners failed to reach the playoffs in consecutive seasons with Cano and they haven’t exactly built a playoff caliber team around him.
Sure they’ve added Nelson Cruz and Mark Trumbo, but Jack Zduriencik was never able to fit the final piece to the puzzle, which is why he’s no longer a major league GM.
Last season the Mariners dreadfully finished fourth in a weakened American League West at 10 games under the .500 mark with a 76-86 overall record. As I pointed out above, their long-time general manager Jack Zduriencik was fired in August before the MLB Trade Deadline, and their manager and clubhouse leader Lloyd McClendon had his contract terminated at the end of the baseball season.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, last week former Mariners first base coach and retired MLB outfielder Andy Van Slyke wen’t out of his way to put Robinson Cano on blast when he said Howard Johnson was fired as the Mariners hitting coach simply because Cano was unhappy with him.
So has Robinson Cano officially hit rock bottom in Seattle?
Well according to John Harper of The New York Daily News, a ‘longtime friend of his’ recently spoke to Robinson Cano during the off-season and he revealed that he isn’t quite fond of the new management tandem in place, and Harper reports, that ‘he’d absolutely love to come back to New York.’
The new Mariners GM of course is Jerry Dipoto – who defected from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this summer when things got ugly between him and long-time skipper Mike Scioscia. In contrast to Cano’s popular belief, I think Dipoto has done a great job since taking over in Seattle, especially after acquiring both Nate Karns and Leonys Martin in trades a few weeks back.
So perhaps Robinson Cano believes Jerry Dipoto won’t be able to turn the Mariners into a playoff contender, or perhaps he’s just frustrated that he’ll no longer have a say in personnel decisions – which is the way it actually should be across the board if you ask me – but the big question now is whether or not the Yankees would entertain a reunion.
With eight years remaining on his ginormous contract, that doesn’t seem very likely, especially when the Yankees were hesitant to offer him 10-years back in 2013.
Alas, many insiders have kicked the tires on a possible Jacoby Ellsbury / Robinson Cano swap, and as interesting as it seems, I just don’t think it’ll happen,
However, this is baseball, and I’ve certainly seen a fair share of surprising off-season moves, so you just never know.
What do you think Yankee fans? Let us know in the comments below.
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