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Robinson Cano jersey burning is underway (Video)

Robinson-Cano-jersey-burnRobinson Cano has signed with the highest bidder, which is a popular move among professional athletes. It also happens to be equally unpopular among sports fans, many of who love pretending that they would be the most loyal, down-to-earth people if they ever made it to the big stage. That’s where the New York Yankees fans and their jersey burning will come in.

Earlier this week, we showed you a couple of Boston Red Sox fans who torched Jacoby Ellsbury’s jersey after the center fielder signed with the Yankees. Now, we have a Yankees fan setting a Cano shirt ablaze, with more surely to come as the week rolls on.

Like we said with Ellsbury, it’s better to have your jersey burned when you leave a team than have your own fans doing it.

Bryce Harper wonders if Robinson Cano will wear Ken Griffey Jr.’s No. 24

Robinson CanoRobinson Cano has worn No. 24 throughout his last nine seasons of smashing the cover off the ball with the New York Yankees. On Friday, Cano signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. Now, it will be interesting to see if the slugger wears No. 24 in 2014. Why? Because some guy named Ken Griffey Jr. wore it for 11 incredible seasons in the 1990s with Seattle.

Shortly after Cano reportedly signed his massive deal with the Mariners, Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper was one of the first people to address the No. 24 issue. He deleted his first tweet, but not before it was retweeted:

I agree with Harper. If Cano wants to arrive in Seattle with class, he won’t even allow there to be a debate. He should just pick another number and start a new legacy with his new team.

Yankees prove they have learned lesson by letting Robinson Cano walk

Robinson CanoThe average New York Yankees fan is not going to be pleased that Robinson Cano is not in pinstripes when the 2014 MLB season begins. Those who understand the game of baseball can rest assured that some of the best deals a team makes are the ones it doesn’t make.

Cano reportedly agreed to a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners on Friday. The Mariners will likely make up most of that money in merchandise and ticket sales, but they are going to regret the contract from a baseball standpoint. No team was going to land Cano without paying an absurd amount of money, but massive contracts like the one Cano signed have gotten the Yankees into trouble recently.

Look no further than Alex Rodriguez, who signed a 10-year, $275 million deal with New York back in 2007. A-Rod was 32 at the time. Cano is 31. The deals are fairly similar, and now the Yankees are left praying Rodriguez is suspended for a significant amount of time so they can be relieved of some of the financial burden.

To give you some perspective, the Boston Red Sox signed 30-year-old Dustin Pedroia to an eight-year, $110 million extension back in July. Is Pedroia the same type of power hitter as Cano? Hardly, but he is the heart and soul of the Red Sox and a former American League MVP. He’s also better than Cano defensively. Somehow, a team felt that Cano is worth $130 million more than Pedroia.

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Robinson Cano reportedly agrees to 10-year, $240 million deal with Mariners

Robinson Cano YankeesIn the span of a few hours, Jay-Z has gone from an idiot who may have screwed Robinson Cano out of $50 million to a genius who has reportedly landed his client an absurd contract. According to ESPN’s Enrique Rojas, the Seattle Mariners and Cano have agreed to a 10-year contract worth $240 million. A physical is schedule for next Monday.

On Thursday, a report indicated that the Mariners were willing to pay Cano somewhere in the range of $230-$240 million. Talks then heated up between the two sides on Thursday night when Cano’s camp and the Mariners were reportedly close on a nine-year, $225 million contract. Things hit a snag when Jay-Z supposedly asked for a 10-year, $250 million deal at the last second and caused Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln to “explode” with anger.

The internet buzzed all morning on Friday about how Cano was an idiot for getting rid of Scott Boras because Jay-Z is in way over his head. Next thing we knew, the Mariners caved and gave Cano almost every penny that he was seeking. If all the reports are true, Jay-Z couldn’t have handled the negotiations any better.

Report: Mariners willing to pay Robinson Cano $230-$240 million

Robinson CanoThe Seattle Mariners are said to be a major contender for Robinson Cano, and one report states that they are willing to pay the second baseman $230-$240 million.

ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas reported on Thursday that Cano is headed to Seattle and that the Mariners are willing to pay him $230-$240 million.

Ken Rosenthal says Cano asked for $240 million over 10 years, but the team’s offer to him was for less than $200 million. He says Cano is headed to Seattle for negotiations.

We previously told you that the Yankees will not go over $200 million to keep Cano. Their offer to him was said to be for seven years and around $160 million.

The Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year deal worth $153 million guaranteed earlier this week. We can tell you with confidence that the Yankees are willing to move forward without Cano if he receives a larger offer elsewhere and accepts it.

Seattle Mariners reportedly major players for Robinson Cano

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Robinson Cano and the New York Yankees seem to be increasingly far apart in their contract negotiations, and the Seattle Mariners could be emerging as a contender to step in and sign the free agent second baseman.

We told you on Monday that Cano and the Yankees are nearly $100 million apart in negotiations. The Yankees are offering around seven years for $160 million, while Cano wants around $252 million for nine years. The Yankees reportedly will not go over $200 million to sign him.

While the Yankees are taking a harsh stance towards Cano in negotiations, the Mariners could be willing to give him closer to what he wants.

ESPN New York says the Yankees believe the Mariners might be willing to go over $200 million for eight years for Cano. Wallace Matthews quoted a source as saying “it doesn’t look good right now” for the Yankees to re-sign Cano. They put the Yankees’ chances of retaining the All-Star second baseman at “less than 50-50.”

The Mariners have frequently been cited as a team that could be a player in signing free agent hitters, but the rumors turned out to be false, or the Mariners never came through with a deal. They were said to be the runners-up for Josh Hamilton last year, and they have been cited as a possible team for free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

Could this be the time they finally open the vault and bring in a big-time player? I don’t see the Yankees acquiescing on Cano’s wishes for a huge contract. Unless he agrees to sign for less than he wants, he might end up elsewhere.

Yankees reportedly won’t go over $200 million for Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano YankeesRobinson Cano and the New York Yankees remain worlds apart in an attempt to secure a new deal for the All-Star second baseman, according to Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan.

Negotiations between the two parties have gone nowhere, with the difference of opinions hitting a tune of almost $100 million.

For Cano and the Yankees, it’s obviously a huge gap. Passan says Yankees sources swear they won’t go over $200 million for Cano. Instead, they’re offering around $160 million over seven years, both Passan and Newsday’s Marc Carig report. Initially, Cano’s representatives, which include rap mogul Jay-Z, supposedly led off with an asking price of 10 years at $300 million, but they have since dropped that demand to nine years for $252 million.

Still, it’s difficult to believe Cano and company will agree to anything less than $200 million unless he inks a short-term deal with the Yankees. And that creates a major gap in serious negotiations between the two, possibly increasing the possibility Cano will go elsewhere. The problem is, who can afford to pay Cano more than the Yankees? The Angels are not looking to spend money, the Red Sox are set at second with Dustin Pedroia, and the Dodgers have signed second baseman Alexander Guerrero. The Mets may have interest in Cano, but would they be willing to spend what he is looking for? Recent history suggests they wouldn’t.

It seems that Cano is hitting the market at an unfortunate time and may not end up with the contract he is seeking.