Wow, who saw this one coming?
I'm just kidding. We all saw it coming, especially after the transcripts and audio of Andy Van Slyke's crazy radio interview last week were passed around more than shots of Fireball on a Bravo TV show. In the interview, Van Slyke trashed Cano and basically blamed him for everyone getting fired in Seattle. He also inexplicably blamed Obamacare, but that's for another post on another blog.
As for Cano coming back to New York? It's a long shot. In our behind the scenes e-mail chain, Domenic suggested a bad contract swap of Jacoby Ellsbury for Cano (and cash or prospects to make-up the difference in salary). And I've seen other people jokingly suggest a Gardner for Cano swap.
This could just be frustration building up for Robbie. After a respectful 87-75 finish in 2014, the Mariners finished 76-86 this past season. And Cano was hampered by illness which led to some of the worst numbers of his career in the first half of 2015. Cano's second half was much more in line with his career numbers, but a sports hernia was diagnosed after the season ended and he had it surgically repaired at the beginning of this offseason.
The Mariners could improve one all fronts some time soon, especially now that Jack Zduriencik has been replaced in the front office by former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto, and if that does happen, Cano will probably be more inclined to stick it out up there in the Pacific Northwest.
What do you all think? If there was a way to get Cano back, would you do it? And if so, how? Both outlandish and serious trade proposals are welcomed in the comments.
Let's try and make this fun, and as usual, please be respectful to your fellow IIATMS readers.