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Robinson Cano: Mariners need a right-handed bat

Robinson-Cano-MarinersWhen the Seattle Mariners signed Robinson Cano to a $240 million contract, it seemed safe to assume they were not done adding pieces. You don’t spend that kind of coin without a larger plan in mind. Seattle could still make some significant moves before the start of the regular season, but they really haven’t done much since signing Cano. And even he knows it.

Now that Cano is the face of the Mariners’ franchise, he has no problem playing general manager.

“I’m not going to lie. We need an extra bat, especially a right-handed bat,” Cano told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. “We have many left-handed hitters. We need at least one more righty. You don’t want to face a lefty pitcher with a lineup of seven left-handed hitters.”

The Mariners had the worst OPS in baseball last year (.657) against left-handed pitching. They have added Cano and Logan Morrison to the middle of their lineup this year — both left-handed hitters. Cano also mentioned how he would like to see the team bring back switch-hitting Kendrys Morales to give the lineup some balance.

“He’s a switch hitter who’s got power,” he said.

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik agreed with Cano, admitting that Seattle’s current roster is “a little lefthanded.” But Cano didn’t stop there. He also pounced on the opportunity to praise free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana.

“He’s great,” Cano said. “The guy’s always pitching; he never gets hurt.”

The Mariners spent a lot of money on Cano, and handing out a contract that massive will come back to haunt them if they can’t assemble a well-rounded team. This isn’t the NBA. One player isn’t going to carry an entire team. Zduriencik and company have plenty of work to do. Everyone, including Cano, realizes that.

Report: David Price would not sign extension with Mariners if traded

David-Price-Arbitration-Derek-Jeter-HouseThe Seattle Mariners made by far the most significant move of the MLB offseason when they signed Robinson Cano to a 10-year deal worth $240 million. While most of us can agree they overpaid for Cano, all that really matters is what Seattle does now. If they build a championship contender around Cano, it could be worth it. One way the Mariners could attempt to do that is by trading for starting pitchers like David Price.

The Tampa Bay Rays are clearly open to dealing Price, who they know they will not be able to afford when his contract expires after the 2015 season. However, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Wednesday that Price would refuse to sign a contract extension with Seattle if he was traded there.

Rosenthal also noted that Price’s alleged unwillingness to remain with the Mariners for more than two seasons does not rule out the possibility of a trade, as they are looking to win right now. Still, it would make giving up a boatload of prospects a lot more painful.

Of course, things can change in a hurry. This is the same Price who once said he would never sign a long-term extension with the New York Yankees because of their facial hair policy, so we know he can be picky. If he is traded to Seattle and the Mariners become a contender, he could easily change his mind. The question now becomes whether the M’s are willing to take that gamble.

Jay-Z a sports agent genius? Mariners may have outbid themselves for Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano YankeesWhen many of you woke up last Friday, the sports world was flooded with reports about Jay-Z potentially costing Robinson Cano as much as $50 million by angering the Seattle Mariners. According to several sources, Cano and the Mariners had agreed to a nine-year, $225 million contract on Thursday night. Talks reportedly hit a snag when Jay-Z asked for a 10-year, $250 million contract at last minute that infuriated Seattle’s brass.

“Robinson Cano should have never left Scott Boras!” they all said.

Before we knew it, the Mariners had caved and Cano agreed to his massive deal. And the most amazing part about it is Jay-Z may have actually gotten the Mariners to outbid themselves with their final offer.

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Mariners believed some other team had offered Cano nine years and $225 million. Who was that team? Why haven’t we heard anything about Cano being in legitimate talks with any other team or receiving any other offers that were north of $200 million? Probably because there was no other team.

The only other known offer Cano received was something in the range of seven years and around $160 million from the Yankees. That is nowhere near what Cano eventually signed for, and we previously told you that New York was not willing to go beyond $200 million to keep Cano. It now seems like there is a good chance no team was going to blow a $200 million offer out of the water.

Therefore, we are left to assume that Jay-Z handled Cano’s contract negotiations like a genius. Unless someone can prove there was another team that made a competitive offer, the only possible explanation is that Jay-Z dangled his high-profile client in front of the Mariners and then pulled him back. By that time, Seattle could already see the way the future of its franchise looked with Cano. They weren’t walking away from the table, and Jay-Z probably knew that. All indications are he handled the situation with perfection.

H/T Baseball Nation via Deadspin

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.

Seattle Mariners reportedly major players for Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano

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.

Mariners prospect Nick Franklin eats 6,500 calories per day to gain weight

Nick-Franklin-MarinersSeattle Mariners infield prospect Nick Franklin is looking to gain weight. The 21-year-old wants to bulk up for the upcoming year to better prepare himself for handling the rigors of a long baseball season, but he is not relying dietary supplements like most other pro athletes would. Instead, Franklin has just been stuffing his face and pounding shakes.

According to The Seattle Times, Franklin has been on a 6,500 calorie-per-day diet since last fall. The regimen includes alternating meals between an Italian restaurant, a Mexican restaurant and a pasta bakery. He has also taken a liking to milkshakes.

“Last year, during the season, I felt my body starting to collapse on me,” Franklin said. “At the end of August, I weighed 162 pounds and I was hitting balls to the gap that probably should have been out and they ended up going off the wall. One of them bounced to the wall. Those balls could have been out, so I wanted to put a lot of weight on and try to get to at least 200 pounds by the end of the spring, take the season from there and see whether I can maintain it.”

The former first-round pick, who split his time between Double-A and Triple-A last season, finished the year weighing in at 162 pounds. He arrived at spring training weighing 196 and is setting his sights on 200 pounds. So what does a day in the life of Nick Franklin look like?

To start his morning, Franklin says he enjoys six scrambled eggs and a protein shake. By about 10:30 a.m., he throws down another shake and a 1,500-calorie lunch. A 500-calorie shake follows at 2 p.m., a 250-calorie shake at 3 p.m and then a 500-calorie shake later in the day before his 1,500-calorie dinner. He uses popular restaurants like Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle Mexican Bar and Grill and Carrabba’s Italian Grill to pack on the calories when he doesn’t have time to cook.

Sounds like heaven, right? Not exactly.

“Honestly, there are some days where I just want to let it all go,” Franklin explained. “It’s hard to hold it down sometimes. Other than that, I feel like I’m on a full stomach the entire day. There’s not one point where I’m hungry. I’m always full when I’m eating, let’s just say that. I’m always eating when I’m not supposed to be eating.”

If Franklin has to eat all that just to get to around 6,500 calories per day, we can understand why this Michael Phelps diet turned out to not be true. Whatever the youngster is doing, it’s working. You think losing weight is tough? Try gaining more than 30 pounds in a few months.

Ichiro thanks Amy Franz, fan who invented the ‘Ichimeter,’ with gifts and a note

Anyone who has watched a Seattle Mariners home game over the past eight years may have taken note of the “Ichimeter.” The Ichimeter is a hit-counter that was invented by Mariners Amy Franz in 2004, when it was used to count Ichiro’s hits on his way to an MLB record 262 hits in a single season. Over the past several seasons, the Ichimeter has been used to count the total amount of hits Ichiro has in his MLB career.

On Tuesday, Ichiro decided to thank Franz for her loyal service in operating the Ichimeter all those years by sending her a thank you package. Franz proudly shared the goods on Twitter, which included some autographed items and the thank you note that you see below.

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