It’s that time of year. It’s cold outside, every coffee shop I walk into is playing Christmas music — I honestly don’t mind — and Brian Cashman is about to rappel down a building in Connecticut. Brutal. I really enjoy the holiday season, but I this morning comes far too early every year.
Yes, I’m up and out the door, heading to Stamford to talk to the Yankees general manager. I realize it’s not an unthinkable hour to be awake. My dad, after all, has honestly been up for more than an hour, and he’s probably been to the gym already. And he’s on central time. So I don’t mean to complain. It’s just that early morning rooftop events don’t fit naturally into a baseball writer’s schedule.
So why get up when Cashman just talked to a huge group of writers yesterday? Because of Robinson Cano.
Last night, Cano was said to be landing in Seattle for a meeting with Mariners, who were apparently ready to offer nine years and $225 million. You might notice, that’s the same average annual salary as a seven-year, $175-million offer, which the Yankees are said to be willing to give Cano. Maybe the longer deal is worth it, but I tend to agree in every single way with this terrific piece by Ken Rosenthal.
If Cano turns down a similar but shorter offer from the Yankees — a fairly massive offer, by the way — to sign with the Mariners, it will be a rather odd and single-minded decision. If the Yankees let the Mariners beat them by offering more years at the same AAV, that will also be a curious decision considering how well Cano fits the Yankees current and long-term needs.
Hard to predict what’s going to happen here, but it’s going to be an interesting day in Seattle. And it’s an early morning in Stamford.
Oh, and don’t forget, we’re doing a chat at noon!
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