Robinson Cano reportedly did not want to play for Joe Girardi

Joe GirardiThe Seattle Mariners signed Robinson Cano to a 10-year deal worth $240 million on Friday. That was simply more money than the New York Yankees wanted to pay for the dynamic slugger, so they let him walk. It is widely assumed that the decision came down to money and nothing else, but a recent report indicated that there may have been more at play.

According to the NY Post, sources close to Cano claim he did not enjoy playing for Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

“Robbie didn’t like batting second, he wanted to bat in the middle of the order,” a person who knows Cano reportedly told The Post’s George A. King III. “The Yankees wanted him second because that was best for the team. He wanted to hit in the middle of the order to drive in runs [to increase his value].”

Another friend of Cano’s said he simply didn’t like playing for Girardi.

“He told me he didn’t want to play for [Girardi],”  the friend said.

While that may be true, it is not the reason Cano ultimately left the Bronx. The last known offer that the Yankees made to the 31-year-old totaled $175 million, so it’s doubtful that they were going to make an offer that was anywhere close to the $240 million Seattle gave him.

Still, the report is interesting. There has been a lot of talk about Cano missing out on endorsement money and costing himself a chance at winning by signing with the Mariners. In reality, Cano may be happier out west for reasons other than money.

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  • Kevin Nabors

    No, it had nothing to do with this. It was entirely about money. Jay-Z butchered the deal, and he couldn’t even get the Yankees near $200 million. Seattle overpaid as they needed to to secure a top-level talent.

    This is a huge blow to Roc Nation Sports and that’s a good thing because it will allow real sports agents the opportunity to get and retain the elite talents now. I could have negotiated that deal for Cano with the Mariners, but a real agent gets money from big markets and the teams where the athlete wants to play.

  • MrWhamBam

    uh, excuse me…dont lower yourself to chewing on sour grapes where Jay-Z is concerned. Are you freaking kidding me, dude??…..240 FREAKING MILLION BONES IS A HUGE BLOW TO ROC NATION SPORTS?…REALLY?…lol

    yea, I guess you could say its a huge blow…a huge blow right in their bank accounts, last I checked.

    there have been countless agents who got a ton of money for clients that didnt end up playing in big markets. One of the first that I recall, was many years ago, when Bonds left Pitts. and went to San Francisco.

    San Fran was not a big market at that time. They had a storied franchise, but they didnt have much success in California, up to that point.

    Junior Griffey made a ton of money in Seattle and Cincy…neither were big markets. Hell, Im pretty sure Mike Hampton got the most money a pitcher had ever gotten, when he signed with the Rockies, back in 2001..and I can vividly remember talk of ownership wanting to move the team away from Colorado, AFTER THEY SIGNED HAMPTON!.

    and I think its safe to say that there have been MANY players who knew they had no shot at going to the playoffs with the team that gave them a huge payday, but they prioritized that one shot at getting all kinds of money, because they knew they’d never get the chance again, and to, they wanted long term security for their families.

    So this whole issue of why players go to extremes to get these big contracts, needs to be looked at deeper. Its not as simple as you make it…and if you’re gonna come out of your mouth sideways about inept you think Jay-Z is, please meditate on the LONG history Scott Boras has had, pissing off GMs, owners and other agents.

    Lets stand down, with the hate, please..

  • Kevin Nabors

    It wasn’t about this deal for Jay-Z, it was about what this deal could show to future athletes considering him. Basketball and NFL rookies are essentially locked into a certain structure, but baseball free agents can be wide open.

    If you’re Yasiel Puig did this deal mean anything to you, or convince you that Jay-Z will get the biggest deal when he becomes eligible?

  • MrWhamBam

    This isn’t really about Jay Z, securing deals like this for the Puigs of the game or whoever else. First impressions count in the world of agents. He had to make a big splash, or crtics like you, would have come down harder than you already have. Hate the “game”…dont hate the “players”