Robinson Cano is a Mariner.
Multiple outlets, including ESPN Deportes and CBS Sports, Friday morning reported that the Mariners signed the most important free agent of the off-season, the power-hitting second baseman formerly of the Yankees, to a 10-year, $240 million contract after a night of heated negotiations.
Cano and his representative, rapper Jay-Z, flew to Seattle late Thursday for a meeting with Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik and CEO Howard Lincoln. Per the CBS report, Seattle first offered Cano a 9-year deal worth $225 million before eventually upping the offer after Cano asked for 10 years and $260 million. Other reports have Cano agreeing to $240 million.
Pending a physical exam scheduled for Monday in Seattle, Cano’s contract will be the third largest in MLB history.
The signing is historic for a Mariners franchise that in 2013 lost 91 games, manager Eric Wedge and hasn’t made a playoff appearance since 2001.
The addition of Cano provides the lineup immediate pop and re-energizes one of the league’s most disgruntled fanbases.
Cano, 31, a five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, boasts career a .309 batting average, .355 on-base percentage and .860 OPS.