Columnist Larry Stone said about a week ago, somebody is going to write about the anatomy of the deal and how it came together, those stories are great. Well, he was that somebody. His column has some fantastic details. Like …
But when they parted ways that evening — Jay Z and his people heading to Los Angeles for a concert, Cano for a private plane to the Dominican and the Mariners’ baseball operations staff for a bite to eat — Zduriencik still wasn’t sure if it was going to happen. The Mariners, after all, had been far down this road before, with Josh Hamilton and others, only to have it all fall apart in the end.
Just as Zduriencik pulled up to the restaurant, his phone rang. It was Van Wagenen, ready to close the deal. So Zduriencik set up a conference call on his radio speaker, with Lincoln piped in from Hawaii, team president Chuck Armstrong from his office, and minority owner Chris Larson from his home. The team’s lead attorney, Bart Waldman, sat next to Zduriencik in the car.
Cano’s side presented some final requests. The Mariners’ contingent told the agent they’d get back to him, had one final, far-flung caucus via speaker phone, and called Van Wagenen back.
“If we do this, do we have a deal?” Zduriencik asked.
“If you do that, you have a deal,’’ Van Wagenen replied.
- Elsewhere, Jeff Sullivan of USS Mariner writes about anticipated criticisms of Cano.
- Matt Ellis of Lookout Landing writes about what is next for the Mariners.
A few other notes …
Cano had little interest in wearing No. 24. He didn’t even think to contact Ken Griffey Jr. about possibly wearing it.
“No, No. I would never talk to him about 24, he’s a a guy that you have to respect,” Cano said. “If it were to happen, it would come from him. We know what he means to this city, who he was and what kind of player he was and future hall of famer. You don’t go to a hall of famer and ask him to wear his number. You have to show him respect and that’s what I’m all about.”
The Mariners will likely announce the Corey Hart signing and the Logan Morrison trade. Both players were in Seattle on Thursday taking their physicals.
The Mariners lost lefty Brian Moran in the Rule 5 draft. This isn’t surprising. Moran is a lefty that throws about 84-87 mph. But with deception, command and good offspeed stuff, he’s been a very effective reliever in the minor leagues. There has been debate about whether his stuff will play at the big league level.
While it was all smiles in Seattle, it was a little different tenor in New York City. The moment Cano said he felt disrespected by the Yankees to a few New York writers, you knew it was going to be big news back east. And it was.
From the NY Daily News …
- Here’s the story on the press conference.
- Here’s John Harper’s column on Cano trying to put the Yankees behind him.
- Media critic Bob Raissman examined Cano’s effect on TV ratings
From the New York Post …
- Here’s the story from the press conference
- Ken Davidoff talked with Yankees president Randy Levine about Cano’s comments.