Rumors, rumors, rumors. The Yankees have added all-stars Bruce McCann and Jacob Ellsbury, and rumor has it they could let Cano walk. Rumor also has it the Seattle Mariners have offered Cano 8 years and $200 million. But would Cano fit in with Seattle?
Seattle has wanted to make a splash with a free agent the last two years, going after Josh Hamilton in 2013 and Prince Fielder in 2012. I sense they are willing to overpay in order to strut like a happy rooster that they can land a top tier free agent. Mariner fans would love to get Cano, just as they were thrilled when the M’s landed Adrian Beltre.
Beltre was coming off a 2004 season having hit .334 with 48 homers and 121 RBIs. While that looked like a great bat to land, it was his career year. In 2003 he hit .240 with 23 homers and 80 rbis and his seasons prior to 2004 were along the lines of what he did in Seattle from 2005-2008. Beltre left for Boston, then Texas, where he became a solid hitter, much better than his Seattle days.
Landing Cano on the surface seems better because he has a track record of success. In nine seasons with New York he has hit at a .309 clip with 209 home runs. The question is whether he could duplicate those numbers with Seattle. The reason being the Yankees lineup is littered with major league hitters. With Seattle Cano doesn’t have the same protection in the lineup, thus teams are likely to pitch around him.
Still it is worth the risk because landing Cano may open the eyes of other free agents, like Curtis Granderson. New York now has Ellsbury for centerfield. The Mariners need outfielders as they have only three returning from 2013, Dustin Ackley, Abraham Almonte, and Michael Saunders. The other outfielders on the 40 man roster are minor leaguers or somebody like Carlos Peguero who has not impressed enough to be in the mix.
If the Mariners want to make a splash, landing both Cano and Granderson would be like a tsunami. It is fun to dream in the offseason before reality sets in, don’t you think.