New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

There are not many good ten year contracts. In baseball or any other sport, ten years of a player’s career is an eternity. Long-term contracts aren’t exactly the most efficient way for a baseball team to spend their money.

But, if you want to add a superstar to your team, you have to pay the price. For a player like Robinson Cano, the price is very steep. Ten years, $240 million steep. The third richest contact of in baseball history steep.

The Mariners weren’t a good team yesterday and even after adding Robinson Cano they’re only a marginally better team. They aren’t as good a team as the Texas Rangers or the Oakland Athletics in their own division.

The one thing we have to believe about the Mariners is that they’re not done. They have very little salary committed outside of the king’s ransom they owe Felix Hernandez and now Cano. The Mariners had better spend more if they’re serious about competing, because Robinson Cano isn’t doing it all himself.

In for a penny, in for a pound, right? The Mariners can afford to upgrade nearly every position around the diamond and better busy doing so before the ugly years at the back end of the contract start making things extra difficult.

A great move for the Mariners in that they got a great player. A great sign for Mariners fans…unless the team gets stuck. The future is officially now in Seattle, even though they have ten years of Cano to figure their way into the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Yankees now have an extra draft pick and all the money they potentially earmarked for Cano to spend on…whatever they want. They’re the Yankees, they’ll show Seattle how spending sprees are supposed to go.

Comments (19)

  1. I wonder how long Cano will stay in Seattle if they continue to be a third or fourth place team? I can see him being traded just a few years into the deal, Dodgers seem like an obvious choice there.

  2. Re : They’re the Yankees, they’ll show Seattle how spending sprees are supposed to go.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but is there not a significant incentive for the Yankee’s to get to around 180 mil payroll by this year or the next?

    I thought the most recent CBA had some real teeth in that regard.

  3. There definitely aren’t many good 10 year contracts… are there any?
    Jeter’s 10/189 maybe?

    • A-rod’s 1st?

      ‘comment too short’ – wtf is that?

      there.

    • The Todd Helton deal.

    • If you look at ARod’s stats in the 10 years following his initial 10-year contract, that contract doesn’t look bad at all (Yes, I know he opted out after 7 years).

      • The difference with ARod’s first free agent contract was that he was still very young when he signed it, and so they got his peak years

        • true. cano’s deal just feels different, i guess. i just don’t see him as a guy who’s going to drop off a cliff all of a sudden a la poo-holes or hamilton. seattle is paying him to be ROBINSON CANO for as long as he can be ROBINSON CANO, which they hope will be 5-6+ years, but fully acknowledge that the latter years (when he’s merely ‘robinson cano’) will be an overpay. but that’s the cost of getting him.

          he’s always been healthy, and his production has been ridiculously consistent. he’s got a prototypical ‘perfect’ baseball body, and doesn’t seem inclined to break down physically (obviously, anything can happen, but he isn’t one of the monolithic type guys like fielder or big al).

          i love that seattle did this, because what the fuck else are they gonna do? ride out felix’s prime, never putting the pieces around him to make a legit run?

          and i love it even more because it hurts the yanks.

  4. Pffffffffffft….. He’s no Ryan Goins.

  5. He better not be wearing 24 in Seattle. He’s not worthy of it.

  6. It seems distinctly possible to me that Hamilton and Pujols could return to elite level play, and so could Jared Weaver and CJ Wilson, while we’re at it, and Anaheim could also be better than Felix, Robinson, and the scrubs around them.

    Oh, and Mike Trout, too.

    It seems to me that the M’s could be the worst MLB team in the AL West next season if they don’t drop more shoes this offseason.

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