Late start this morning since Pearl Jam decided to play till past midnight. Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay were there taking in the show.
There is nothing new on the Robinson Cano front. I’m guessing we won’t have an official announcement till sometime next week. Cano still has to take a full physical. Right now, he’s back in the Dominican Republic. Last night he was on television while attending a Dominican winter league game. And he was rockin’ a new lid.
In response to the Cano news, the Yankees immediately went out and signed Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $48 million deal.
Here’s the interview I did with KJR talking about the signing.
Let’s get to some Cano reaction outside of the Northwest …
From the national writers …
- Jim Caple of ESPN writes that the Mariners are trying to reestablish credibility in Seattle with the signing.
- ESPN Stats looks at Cano’s power transferring to Safeco
- Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, who has been against this move, says it makes little sense for everyone involved.
- Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, writes that Seattle went high-risk in signing Cano
- Bob Nightengale of USA today writes about Cano’s true worth
From the NY Daily News …
- Here’s the Daily News story on the signing.
- Cano’s teammates are upset he’s gone.
- Columnist John Harper says the Yankees may have never really wanted Cano back.
- Columnist Mike Lupica wonders if Seattle is the best place for Cano.
From the NY Post …
- Here’s the Post’s story on the signing
- Columnist Ken Davidoff tries to make sense of the Yankees’ offseason plan
- Columnist Joel Sherman wonders if the Yankees will actually be better with these moves.
- Red Sox DH David Ortiz couldn’t believe the Yankees let Cano get away.
From the NY times …
- Tyler Kepner writes that the Cano signing could be reinvigorate the rivalry between the M’s and Yankees.
As for supplementing the team around Cano, the Mariners’ free agent options are starting dwindle a little. Mike Napoli is off the board, having signed a two-year deal with the Red Sox. The Mariners were also interested in Curtis Granderson, but he signed with the Mets. With Beltran signing with the Yankees, it may scuttle the Mariners trade options for a Billy Butler. The Royals aren’t above trading Butler, but adding Beltran, who would DH 3-4 days a week, made it easier. Now they may not want to give up the bat.
That leaves Shin Soo-Choo and Nelson Cruz still out there as well as Kendrys Morales (remember him?). As has been mentioned, the team has been linked to possible trades for Matt Kemp and David Price. Messaged with Taijuan Walker a little and he understands the nature of the business with the trade rumors, but said he wanted to stay with the Mariners and was excited to possibly play with Cano.
He tweeted out some thoughts late last night.