Update 7:41 … linkage!
Fox Sports baseball analyst Ken Rosenthal calls everyone “dumb” in this ongoing three-way dance between Cano, the Mariners and Yankees in this blog post.
Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News talked with Robinson Cano’s father and also has some comments from Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner.
Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York has a source saying Cano is gone if the Mariners make the $225 million offer.
Update 6:37 …
The plane is landed and parked at Boeing Field. No, I didn’t go there. But I had a photographer sent instead. But we just missed the entourage. I feel semi-ashamed about that.
Update 5:42 p.m. …
The Cano contingent is minutes from landing at Boeing Field via private jet. I feel very TMZ right now.
Also, there are multiple reports that the Mariners’ offer has reached 9 years, $225 million
Update 5:20 …
Sources said that Cano has spoken on the phone with Mariners’ ace Felix Hernandez about the organization and the city of Seattle. Hernandez has said in the past that he wanted to be active in recruiting free agents and players to Seattle. It appears he’s getting that chance.
Update 4:31 p.m. …
A source confirmed that Robinson Cano is on his way to Seattle. Supposedly, Jay-Z is also going to accompany him along with other representatives. They will meet with upper lever Mariners management and ownership. This doesn’t necessarily mean a deal is imminent. But if a deal is somehow agreed upon, we could have notification as early as tomorrow. But really Cano’s motives or wishes are still unknown. This could be more posturing by his camp to force the Yankees hand.
Update 3:23 p.m. ….
So there is this.
It appears some posturing from both sides is starting come out. This seems to bring a little levity to the Mariners’ side.
The courting of Robinson Cano continues. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Cano is in Seattle and that the Mariners could be offering a contract of 10 years and around $230 to $240 million.
The article is in Spanish, but your browser should have a translate option.
Sources within the Mariners have said that Cano is supposed to be in Seattle today with his representatives and meeting with management.
This appears to be getting a little more real each moment. Sources within the Mariners have said the front office is very committed to making a move like this.
Cano is 31. This would be a massive financial commitment. But the Mariners sources have said the team will likely supplement the signing by spending on additional players.
I am holding off on posting any opinion on this move until it actually happens – if it does. The idea of paying Cano $30 million at age 41 seems a bit crazy.