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The Seattle Mariners have a new second baseman. So do the New York Yankees.
After the Yankees drew a line in the sand, Robinson Cano has decided to take his talents to Puget Sound, signing a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners, according to ESPN. The deal reportedly includes a full no-trade clause.
Cano hit .314/.383/.516 last year with 27 home runs and 107 RBIs in a depleted Yankees lineup (probably similar to what he’ll find in Seattle, actually). For his career, Cano is a .309/.355/.506 hitter.
The Yankees, having already signed Brian McCann and former Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to lucrative contracts, will now move to Plan B at second base. They have reportedly already signed Kelly Johnson as Cano’s (at least partial) replacement.
Cano’s contract will be the third largest in MLB history, behind Alex Rodriguez’s two 10-year contracts for $252 million (with the Texas Rangers) and $275 million (his extension with the Yankees). It is the same amount the Los Angeles Angels gave Albert Pujols a few years ago (and that worked out so well).
So what do you think of the move? Is this money well spent by Seattle? Or were the Yankees smart to let him walk?