It’s official: Cano’s a Mariner


Just in case you were hoping things would fall apart at the last moment, the Mariners have officially announced the signing of Robinson Cano. The press conference is later this evening and will probably be on MLB Network, if you’re interested. Here’s a photo of him in Mariners garb. “I want to thank all my fans in New York for an amazing nine years. It was truly an honor to play for you,” said Cano is a statement.

The Yankees receive a supplemental first round pick for Cano, but it will be forfeited once the Carlos Beltran deal is official. It’s been real, Robbie.

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  1. Still don’t believe that this is actually happening. He looks so weird in a Seattle uniform. Thanks for the memories Robbie.

  2. ClayDavis says:

    His first step into oblivian

  3. RetroRob says:

    May the curse of slowing reflexes arrive at an accelerated rate.


    Yankee Fans

  4. Brandon says:

    Full no trade clause. Good luck with that, Mariners. #albatross

  5. Vern Sneaker says:

    He was and is a great player, but I don’t feel myself and don’t sense in most commenters here and in other Yankees fans I know much of a fan-type emotional connection to him despite his contributions on the field. It’s more analytical, more about whether we’re a better team with or without him because of the $$ that got freed up and the moves we’ve made since. Weird.

    • Nick says:

      I agree. I think most fans are simply happy that we are not in Seattle’s position and a little conflicted about whether to wish Robbie all the best or hope he falls off a cliff!

    • RetroRob says:

      It’s a natural reaction to be a bit negative toward a player who left your favorite team. It’s a pretty alien one to most Yankee fans. Most of the times it’s because the Yankees traded the player or didn’t re-sign him. Cano is in a very small group. In fact, it’s a group of one. I can’t think of any other player like him since I’ve been watching the Yankees (and that goes back to the 70s.) Reggie left, but that was because George let him leave believing he was done, plus Reggie brought his own A-Rod-like headaches with him. Andy left, and that hurt, but that wasn’t his choice. The Yankees let him leave.

      Cano? I just don’t think most Yankee fans know how to react! A player in his prime, home grown, on a HOF course…leaving because the Yankees were outbid. He is in a class of one.

      • The Great Gonzo says:

        You are 95% right: Andy left the first time because HE wanted to. The Yankees wanted him back and made him an offer, but he wanted to play closer to home. The big difference (and why it didn’t sting SO hard, I guess) was that the Yankees traded for a young Puerto Rican phenom out of Montreal named Javier Vazquez.

        So, similar to the Cano situation, but not really.

      • The Big City of Dreams says:

        Cano? I just don’t think most Yankee fans know how to react! A player in his prime, home grown, on a HOF course…leaving because the Yankees were outbid. He is in a class of one.


        Very well said which is why when you go to other boards/blogs and see shit like well he was a good player but nothing special or he never really had an impact here. You stop and think ok he wasn’t on a four 4 level but really in nine yrs he did nothing wow ok

      • 2JeterTorre6 says:

        Not true. Andy was offered more by the Yankees, but chose the Astros to be closer to family.

        • RetroRob says:

          The Yankees let Andy Pettitte leave by creating and encouraging the very conditions that led to his departure.

          They didn’t even make him an offer until the end of the process, even after Pettitte approached them on a new deal before he filed for free agency. He wasn’t looking to flee to Houston, even if he found the idea of pitching near home appealing. Cashman, however, took a bit of an unusual step. Even though Pettitte hadn’t filed for free agency as of yet, and even though Andy had gone to them on a new deal, Cashman announced to the media that they were going to allow Pettitte to test the market and file for free agency.

          Pettitte filed, the Astros engaged with him and the two sides negotiated. Pettitte never received an offer, or heard from the Yankees and was basically right at the point of signing with the Astros when all of a sudden the Yankees made their first and only offer. Yes, it was more than the Astros offer, but Pettitte was already committed to the Astros at that point.

          I remember watching this painfully unfold. At least with Cano they made an offer and they even met to negotiate. None of this happened with Pettitte for reasons to this day that are not entirely clear. The Yankees were concerned about his elbow, and their concerns turned out to be correct as it started bothering him very early in 2004, before his season ended mid-summer. Yet if that was the case, why did they come back with an offer when they did? His elbow didn’t improve from October to December!

          So, yes, the history books will show the Andy signed with Houston and that the Yankees made a better offer. Yet the real story was much more complex. Pettitte never thought the Yankees wanted him, while the Astros were on him from day one. The cynical in me wonders if the reason they made any offer was for purely PR, and that they waited until they knew Pettitte had agreed to join the Astros.

          • gageagainstthemachine says:

            Wow. I should’ve read this before commenting. This is exactly how I remember it now that I see it again written down. Thanks!

          • Darren says:

            Thank you for taking the time to put this down. So many subtleties get lost to the sands of time and this is EXACTKY what happeneed. Whether the last minute offer was for PR, or whether George had a change of heart, or couldn’t see himself getting outbid, it was not like the Yankees made him an offer early on which he rejected. It was very, very clear that they were ok with him signing elsewhere.

            The only good thing about it was that it was esepcially sweet to see him return back to the Yankees (and win another ring).

        • gageagainstthemachine says:

          Partially true I believe, but the Yankees didn’t offer what he believed he was worht (a la Cano) so he went to the Astros on less money because, “Hey, if the Yankees don’t value me correctly I’ll just go play close to home, albeit for less.” At least that’s a lot of how I remember it playing out. I will gladly concede defeat if someone can find proof of which way it played out and that not being how it went down.

  6. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    I can’t look.

  7. Kosmo says:

    C´est la vie.

  8. WFAN Caller says:

    Maybe the Mariners will bring in Melky and the two of them can bop around the Northwest like a couple of jabronis.

    I loved watching Cano play, and understand it’s a business, so I hold no hard feelings toward the man and his new beard, but I’m pleased that his contract won’t be there for me to stare at in seven years when I am older and more sour and more inclined to punch holes in the drywall over trivial things like the Yankees, Jets, a dying marriage, my own mortality etc.

  9. hey now says:

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

    • The Great Gonzo says:

      Why is it that EVERY former Yankee has to pack up his locker in the Bronx and immediately start growing the biggest Hard-on Beard possible? And take as many pictures as possible with it?

      Its a goddam shame

      • The Big City of Dreams says:

        Maybe because the no beard policy is a little outdated. Obviously we don’t want our guys to look like the guys on the Sox but if Robbie was a Yankee and sported the beard in the pic would he be any less of a Yankee. Not saying that’s how you feel just a general statement.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

        Doesn’t even look good on him.

    • Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

      Oh, what the fuck is that?

      After clicking on the picture in the article, I was going to say that it’s so very hard to look at him in a different uniform.

      Now that I’ve looked at this picture, he’s completely fucking dead to me. How dare he grow the Great Big Fat Fuck facial hair!

      • Josh S. says:

        I was looking at the picture in the same way you might watch a train wreck. With disbelief, but I couldn’t take my eyes off of how weird it looked. I don’t know, maybe he’s so superficial he wanted the money and his name on the back of his jersey.

  10. TWTR says:

    I hope the Yankees learn from this experience (Hal, probably, because I think Cashman would have), and if they are ever in a similar position, trade the player they sense they probably won’t re-sign.

    • ClayDavis says:

      Or extend guys before they hit free agency.

    • The Great Gonzo says:

      You REALLY think that’s the lesson here?

      NOT that the ‘no mid-contract extensions’ rules are stupid

      NOT that you The Yankees are not alone in the world of signing the marquee guys anymore

      NOT that you shouldn’t play Chicken with your own home-grown superstars

      NOPE… none of that. The lesson to be had here is “TRADE ALL TEH PLAYERZ!”

      You might be insane.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

        might be are

      • TWTR says:

        They did extend him earlier in his career.

        It should be obvious even to someone of your low IQ that the most recent fact pattern that they had some control over was whether or not to trade him.

        That doesn’t exclude others, but it’s reasonble to focus on that one.

        It has been freakin’ obvious that other teams sign marquee players in view of the contract Pujols signed with the Angels last year, or the contract Fielder signed with the Tiger, or AGone’s with the Red Sox. And on and on…

        That’s a lesson to you? How sad.

        The Yankees weren’t playing chicken. They reasonably decided that they would not pay above a given amount and based on all the available reporting, they had an early indication that Cano wasn’t re-signing.

        You are the stupidest person I have ever encountered on the internet and that is saying A LOT!

        Seriously, take a Xanex or something.

        And then read a book.

      • steve (different one) says:

        What part of Robbie’s actions over the last year lead you to believe he was open to forgoing free agency?

        Was it the part when he moved all the across the country to a last place team to maximize his payout?

        Which I don’t blame him for at all, but this doesn’t sound like a guy who just wanted to get something done so he could stay with the Yankees.

        Remember, they DID extend him once, which is why he was a yankee for 9 years instead of 6. and I believe he said his price to forgo free agency was $305M/10.

        not that I don’t agree with your general premise. the Yankees SHOULD do more extensions early. I just don’t think Cano was going to take an extension at a price that made sense for NY.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Even setting that aside, trading the guy in the middle of a run for a WC spot wasn’t happening and shouldn’t have happened. There would have been no better way to give a finger to the fans and we would have lost 4-6 weeks of REALLY fun baseball.

  11. Kiko Jones says:

    It’s done. He’s officially gone. Let’s move on.

  12. Caballo Sin Nombre says:

    No, you are not reading it right. Santana was on the AA roster, so he was outside the top 78, not 115.

  13. Jim Cavanaugh says:

    I liked watching Robbie play alot & he had a great run here but Michael Kay made a good point the other day; What’s his signature moment as a Yankee ? I found myself really struggling for an answer. Not saying that’s a requisite to getting a fat contract here but to me it isn’t the same as watching a core four guy sign elsewhere or whatever. The emotion clearly isn’t as powerful for most people. I wish him well, but i strongly feel the Yankees are better served stacking up the team in a variety of ways as opposed to putting alot of their eggs in Robbie’s basket.

    • The Great Gonzo says:

      FWIW, Jesus Montero in his 2 months in Pinstripes a signature moment (2 oppo-bomb game), but I struggle to think back at Cano’s.

      Shit, even Melky has a signature Yankee moment when he stole that home run from Manny in the 1-0 game.

      • Cuso says:

        I think of Melky’s moment(s) as the walk off winner(s) in the 4-game Minny series back in ’09 that turned the season around. I think they walked off in 3 of the 4 games that series with Melky having two game winners and Posada with the other one.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

        While the lack of signature moments might be true, I’ll trade signature moments for a 120+ wRC+ for 9 years every day of the week.

        • July 31, 2010.

          Good enough of a “signature moment” for me, but, hey, I was at that game and it was a huge series between the two best teams in the AL that season (start-to-finish), so of course it meant a lot to me.

    • The Big City of Dreams says:

      The emotion clearly isn’t as powerful for most people


      The emotion has to be on some level. The Cano threads/posts are still being talked about. I understand it’s still fresh but it’s still a topic of discussion.

  14. Looks like I’ll be making a trip to the Trop at some point between June 6-9 to give Robbie a personal standing ovation.

  15. OldYanksFan says:

    I am disappointed by the loss. A bit bitter, but the truth is, there was too much money for Cano to turn down. I do think in the end, Cano will regret it.

    New Contract: +$42m.
    Lifetime HOF Yankee: Priceless.

  16. hey now says:

    Not clicking it. These pictures are for masochists only.

  17. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    My no 24 Jersey is back to belonging to Bam-tino.
    Good luck Robbie, enjoy him Seattle.

  18. Preston says:

    His David Ortiz beard looks stupid. That is all.

  19. lou says:

    Thank you Cano but the Mariners? You’re gonna be wanting outta there in a few years. A 75 basement losing team will play on your mental state. You think Robbie was lazy going down the 1b line? Just wait the the season wears on him and his attitude changes. A #3 hitter who’s gonna see a ton of junk in the dirt. I totally understand it’s a Business but Seattle over NY? By mid season prozac will your #4 hitter. Thank you… & smart from a business point….but just silly from a baseball man.

  20. Chris Z. says:

    I liked Cano. It was great seeing a home grown guy post dynasty era come up and dominate his position and baseball in general.

    My problem is that his ego bigger than anything we’ve seen since Reggie Jackson. I think it stems from his friendship with David Ortiz and signing with Jay-Z Ortiz is a hero in Boston and Cano wants to follow in his shoes. Jay-Z told him over and hover how big of a star he is. Cano can’t be with his buddy in Boston and clearly isn’t going to be a hero and beloved figure in NYC so he took off and went to a small pond. Cano got what he wanted. He is now the man. If he plays well he assumes Mariners fans will throw roses at his feet. I think his departure had more to do with Cano’s ego than the offers and teams.

    He wants to be a legendary figure that is loved by everyone. Almost no one gets that in NY so he took off to a market that has been devoid of star power since the 90′s and Griffey Jr.

    Good luck Robbie!

  21. Mike HC says:

    Cano is a Mariner. Joba is a Tiger. Hughes a Twin. Granderson a Met. Yanks lineup now anchored by Ellsbury, McCann and Beltran. Man this year is going to be weird.

  22. Jim Cavanaugh says:

    “Jay-Z got him a big raise but he also got him a 30 day vacation … it’s called October” – Pete Rose

  23. Captain Turbo says:

    I’m over the whole Cano thing. I wish him well and I think the Yankees will be fine without him. The front office is building a nice team and if everyone manages to stay healthy, they have a decent shot this year.

  24. Wheels says:

    Hope you like teal, Robbie.

  25. csonk says:

    Loved Robbie Cano….favorite Yankee the past 6 yrs.+
    Never liked his ‘hustle’, but always brushed it off as – so many of the truely gifted guys make it look so easy it comes off as lackadaisical at times.
    Did not like his comments about a lack of respect being the main reason he left the Yankees and it not being about money. You can twist that scenario 15 different ways but in the end he was unhappy that the Yankees weren’t willing to eat the final 3 years (of a 39, 40 & 41 yr. old) at $20+ mil.
    Wish we didn’t lose him, I wish him the best (no ill will or hard feelings), but FOR ONE BRIEF MOMENT IN HISTORY the Yankees made the right call on NOT giving in and supplying another A-Batross (A-Roid), Texiera type ludicrous contract that cripples the franchise the final 3-5 years.

  26. csonk says:

    Now Jacoby Ellsbury on the other hand………..whatever insight, foresight, intelligence &/or sensible thought the Yankees showed toward the Cano negotiations…all that goodwill went right out the window with the incredible stupidity of that contract!
    Nice player, not anywhere near THAT nice! We (Yankee fans will absolutely despise the guy by 3/4 of the way through that deal – or sooner.
    Speaking of despise…..did anybody mention the ultra arrogant, spousal cheating, system developmentally challenged, walking checkbook Brian CASHman?

  27. Nick Social says:

    I don’t care about Cano leaving.

    I should.

    But I don’t.

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