Robinson Cano: An Analysis

Goodbye New York. Hello Seattle.
Goodbye New York. Hello Seattle.

Goodbye Robinson Cano.

Cano signed a 10 year $240 million dollar deal with the Seattle Mariners early this morning. In a move that shocked the baseball world, Cano was expected to re-sign with the Yankees but that never came to fruition. In the last couple of weeks, talks between Cano and the Yankees have broken down. That’s where the Seattle Mariners swooped in and signed Cano to a monster contract. The Yankees were right in letting Cano go.

Cano is not worth $240 million dollars. Let’s get that out of the way. Yes, Cano is a great player but he hasn’t won any MVP awards (although he has been close this year) and hasn’t produce much in the playoffs.  No team in their right mind would pay him that much money, not even the Yankees. The Yankees did not want to resign Cano because they were afraid to sign him to  long term deal. It seems like the right choice because usually after the age of 30, you start to decline. Past history has showed that giving out monster contracts after the age of 30 does not go well (see Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.)

Cano's new home for the next ten years
Cano’s new home for the next ten years. Largely different from Yankee Stadium

Safeco Field is a pitcher friendly ballpark. The reason for this is because of it’s asymmetrical dimensions, its especially beneficial to left-handed pitchers who can take advantage of the large area in left-center field, allowing right-handed batters to pull the ball without getting penalized by as many home runs as they’d allow in a neutral ballpark. The Mariners are not really a juggernaut offensively, having only averaging 0.991 runs at home. As for the home runs, Mariners fans only see 0.885 which is 15th in baseball. Cano leaves Yankee Stadium, which is a home run safe haven for hitters. Will Cano’s numbers be better than last year? How would he hit at Safeco?

The Yankees were smart in letting Cano go. Brian Cashman had to make the toughest decision in his career. They will miss his bat and his defense but it is for the good of the team. $260 million dollars was just too steep a price for the Yankees to play. Most Yankee fans are outrage at this move but they need to look at the business side of things. With Cano moving on, they could get Carlos Beltran, Shin Soo-Choo, Omar Infante or another starting pitcher. The team needs to get better and one player will not change all that. Was he selfish? Maybe. Can you blame Jay-Z? Maybe.

Gut feeling: Cano wouldn’t be happy being a Mariner. He’s a Yankee at heart. The one thing money can’t buy is happiness.

Good luck Cano.


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