So word has now leaked out that the offense-challenged Seattle Mariners are offering a whopping $230-240 million over 10 years to Robinson “Doncha Know” Cano.
And if the Yankees stick to their word that they won’t go over $200 million, then could it be that our best hitter over the last few years could be outta here?
Yep, could be.
Those are some whopping totals, but it makes one wonder why Jay Z was brought on in the first place. After all, wasn’t Jay Z all about improving Cano’s image while also getting him the big bucks? He’ll get his money, but … really, does anyone really hit the big time by GOING to Seattle?
Now, could Cano and company be offended by the Yankees giving Jacoby Ellsbury the same amount of money that he’s being offered by the Bombers? Could be. If he does sign to stay put, the Yankees will likely cave in somewhat and go for eight years and $200 million, maybe even a bit more, but we don’t want to get into A-Rod territory now, do we?
The Yankees’ selling point has been that, if Robbie stays in the Bronx, he’ll be remembered forever like Mo and Jeter and enshrined in Monument Park. Stay in New York, excel even a little bit, and you’re set for life. Excel in Seattle, and, well, maybe you’ll get free coffee for life. Word is that Robbie’s been told that if he helps the Mariners win their first ever World Series, that will top even being a Yankee legend.
Hmmm … not sold on that.
And, besides, what are the chances of Seattle winning the World Series, even if the M’s do manage to trade for, say, David Price and pair him with King Felix? Not great.
Hey, but whatever Cano does, I’m fine with it. If he doesn’t stay, life goes on …
Speaking of lefty sluggers who may not stay in the Bronx, Curtis “I Enjoyed the Salmon” Granderson is reportedly close to signing with the Mets.
Now, picture this — say that happens, and in his first homer for the Mets (might be a long time coming in cavernous Citi Field), the play-by-play announcer gushes, “The first homer as a Met for Curtis Granderson!” and the commentator follows up by saying to his partner, in a shot at John Sterling, “You’re not going to burst into song, are you?” …
Now that Masahiro Tanaka may not be posted after all, the Yankees may have to seek their starting pitching help elsewhere. After CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova, neither of which are terribly reliable these days, there’s three spots that need to be filled. The return of Hiroki Kuroda could fill one of those spots.
Michael Pineda? I’ll believe it when I see it. Adam Warren? David Phelps? Vidal Nuno? *YAWN*
What else is available?
The Yankees have been linked to trade talks with the A’s for lefty Brett Anderson, who turned in a nice 2.80 ERA in 2010 but has been riddled with injuries ever since. If he returns to form, great, but, if not … ugh.
The top free agent starters include Matt Garza, Ervin Santana, and Ubaldo Jimenez. Let’s say no to Santana and his 65 home runs allowed in the last two years; we already had plenty of that with Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. Jiminez has had short bursts of spectacular outings, but his motion alone sparks concern that many more trips to the DL await him, perhaps even stints of Pavano-esque proportions.
That leaves us with Garza, who was no slouch during his days with the Rays, facing the beasts of the AL East on a regular basis. True, Garza didn’t exactly shine in Texas late last year, but, at 30, there could still be plenty left in the tank. If I’m going with any of these three starters, I’d say Garza — no contest.
Another name not mentioned often is Bronson Arroyo. Having faced the AL East as a member of the Red Sox, he might fit in well as a No. 3 or No. 4 starter. And let’s not forget Roy Halladay, who, at this point, could probably had for peanuts, or at least a minor league deal? Might he still have something? It might not hurt to give him a look in spring training …
The Yankees have said that, even with the addition of Ellsbury, Brett Gardner will not be traded. Right, and Bubba Crosby was our starting center fielder in 2006. As much as I love Gardy, don’t be the least bit surprised if he’s shipped elsewhere for a pitcher or a third baseman.