Finally off the Connecticut rooftop and back home in Westchester, and the story of the day is already coming out of Seattle.
The Daily News reported early this morning that Robinson Cano’s negotiations with Seattle fell apart last night after Jay Z asked for more money and a longer contract. According to the report, Cano flew to Seattle with an eight-year, $200-million offer in hand, and the Mariners were believed to be willing to go nine years, $225 million. When Jay Z asked for 10 years and $252 million, the Daily News report that Mariners chairman and CEO Howard Lincoln “exploded” in anger.
Have to assume that’s a figure of speech, otherwise my friend Mark Feinsand is really burying the lede.
Having just rappelled down a building in Stamford, Brian Cashman had — predictably — very little reaction to the news.
“I just keep it basically simple,” Cashman said. “Robbie’s and his agents’ job is basically to find out what his choices are. Brodie and Jay are trying to put him in a position to make an informed decision, and it takes time, so that’s the process. Our job is to inform him of what our comfort level is, and measure it against everything else. I just kind of keep it simple. … The only thing that’s really relevant is the level we’re willing to commit to and hopefully that somehow matches up with the same interest on his end. If it doesn’t, we’re not going to have a player.”
Cashman said he talked to Jay Z and Brodie Van Wagenen — Cano’s representatives — twice yesterday. He wouldn’t go into details, but Cashman said he has the sense that Cano is ready to sign right now if he gets the right offer in the right place.
“They have numbers in their mind,” Cashman said. “And if somebody’s willing to reach that, and it’s the right locale, they’ll be ready to make a decision.”
As he always says this time of year, Cashman said he’s letting the process play out while staying constantly engaged with the key figures.
“Everybody is replaceable,” Cashman said. “That’s a team concept. Some people are harder to replace than others, no doubt about it. I don’t think anybody would have the attitude that anybody is going to make or break your future, but you certainly can invest for good reason into players who can try to make your future brighter. That’s what we’re trying to do with Robbie amongst others. If it’s not to be, it’s not to be, and we’ll continue to do business as we have and try to collect as many great players as we can.”
For whatever it’s worth, Cashman said he’s “on the 1-yard line” with more than three players. Wouldn’t say who, but we already know Jacoby Ellsbury is basically a done deal, and Kelly Johnson is expected to be announced soon. Now Jon Heyman reports that a one-year deal with Hiroki Kuroda is almost done.
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