The unthinkable has happened for the Yankees with Robinson Cano leaving New York for greener pastures in Seattle. Those greener pastures refer to money rather than winning, with Cano receiving an incredible 10-year, $240 million deal from Seattle, which was three...
Today, was…uh… interesting. Goodbye Robinson Cano. Goodbye Curtis Granderson. It hurts to lose these guys, and there’s a huge morale hit when losing a homegrown All Star like Cano, but the Yankees probably made a smart moving not going 10 years.
Here’s an update on what things look like after adding Hiroki Kuroda. Keep in mind that the team still desperately needs another infielder, another starting pitcher, and some bullpen help. Many also believe the Yankees will be very aggressive with Shin-Soo Choo, who’s probably looking at around $16MM to $18MM a year, though it could be more than that.
1- C: Brian McCann (5/$85MM) $17.000MM
2- 1B: Mark Teixeira (8/$180MM) $22.500MM
3- 2B: Kelly Johnson (1/$3MM) $3MM
4- 3B: Eduardo Nunez (Min) $0.511MM
5- SS: Derek Jeter (1/$12.81MM) $12.810MM + $7.000MM Bonuses
6- LF: Jacoby Ellsbury (8/$169MM) $21.175MM
7- CF: Brett Gardner (Arb 3) $4.000MM
8- RF: Alfonso Soriano (8/$136MM) $17.000MM*
9- DH: Carlos Beltran (3/$45MM) $15.000MM
10- BN: Brendan Ryan (1/$2MM) $2.000MM
11- BN: Vernon Wells (7/$126MM) $18.000MM**
12- BN: Ichiro Suzuki (2/$13MM) $6.500MM
13- BN: Francisco Cervelli (Arb 1) $1.000MM
14- SP1: CC Sabathia (5/$122MM) $24.400MM
15- SP2: Hiroki Kuroda (1/$16MM) $16.00MM
16- SP3: Ivan Nova (Arb 1) $2.800MM
17- SP4: David Phelps (Min) $0.511MM
18- SP5: Michael Pineda (Min) $0.511MM
19- CL: David Robertson (Arb 3) $5.500MM
20- RP: Shawn Kelley (Arb 2) $1.500MM
21- RP: Preston Claiborne (Min) $0.511MM
22- RP: Dellin Betances (Min) $0.511MM
23- RP: Adam Warren (Min) $0.511MM
24- RP: Vidal Nuno (Min) $0.511MM
25- RP: Cesar Cabral (Min) $0.511MM
26- SP: Manny Banuelos (Min) $0.040MM
27- SP: Nik Turley (Min) $0.040MM
28- SP: Brett Marshall (Min+) $0.080MM
29- SP: Jose Ramirez (Min) $0.040MM
30- SP: Shane Greene (Min) $0.040MM
31- SP Jose Campos (Min) $0.040MM
32- RP: David Huff (Min+) $0.080MM
33- RP: Bryan Mitchell (Min) $0.040MM
34- C: Austin Romine (Min+) $0.080MM
35- C: Gary Sanchez (Min) $0.040MM
36- C: J.R.…
The general consensus about the new CBA rules is that signing multiple free agents that carry draft pick supplemental means that you lose your best draft pick in the upcoming Rule 4 draft. In fact, that’s pretty much what it says word for word in Article B.(4)c.i. of the CBA. The CBA also goes onto explicitly say that supplemental first round picks can be lost. Yet for some reason, an MLB spokesman told Mark Feinsand that the Yankees won’t lose a sandwich pick for Jacoby Ellsbury, and it’ll be their 2nd rounder that they lose. So that means the Yankees will receive 2 first round compensation picks for losing Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson. That should be overall picks 31 and 33 at the moment, but 31 could move up to 32 if Kendrys Morales signs with a different team than the Mariners, and 33 will definitely be moved up when all is said and done. Either way, it’s two supplemental picks.…
Yesterday, I decided to jot down a quick ranking of Yankee prospects. I was trying to think about how good Greg Bird was. Bird is an interesting prospect. People often (overly) fixate on his high on base percentage at Charleston this year, and write his skill set off as a walking machine. But given the ballpark (90 run factor, 92 home run factor), and his age (20, with less than a full season of experience), Bird’s 20 home runs in 127 games is pretty impressive. He is only going to get stronger, and there aren’t a lot of tougher power environments than Charleston. Bird is a very solid prospect with lots of major league potential.
But where is he in the Yankee farm system? Here are the players that I knew clearly ranked above Greg Bird: Sanchez, Heathcott, Austin, Williams, Murphy, Judge, Jagielo, Clarkin, Banuelos and Hensley. On top of them, I could see a case that I’d rather have any of DePaula, Andujar, O’Brien, Ramirez, Katoh and Turley over Greg Bird.…
With Cano off the books, it looks like the Yankees have some cash to spend on offense. That offense won’t come from Granderson though, who will now have to hit home runs in the spacious Citi Field.
The left-handed slugger hit .245/.335/.495 in 4 seasons with the Yankees, 115 home runs, and a 120 OPS+. He was also a base stealing threat, up until his last two seasons, stealing a total of 55 bases in his Yankee career. His best season was 2011, when he hit 41 home runs and a .262/.364/.552 slash good for a 6.7 fWAR. Fluke injuries killed his 2013 season, but Granderson still has huge rebound potential. He’s a great representative of the game, and it’ll be nice to see him still playing in New York.
According to several sources, the Mariners and Robinson Cano are close on a deal, but Enrique Rojas is now reporting that the two parties have agreed to a 10/$240MM contract.
Cano will get his physical on Monday. Apparently the physical is now this weekend, there will be a press conference on Monday. More to come.
Joel Sherman has the Yankees maxing out their offer at 7/$175, or $65 million less than Seattle’s offer. Washington state also has no income tax, so the money is far more valuable there.
Cano finished off his Yankee career with a .309/.355/.504 slash, 204 home runs, and a 126 wRC+. If WAR is your thing, Cano put up 37.1 wins in his 9 seasons with the team, about 4.1 wins a year, and gave the club 1 win per $1.6 million spent. Cano was a great Yankee, no doubt, and he’ll be sorely missed in the lineup.
Now the team has to look forward and figure out how they can fix second base.…
Via Joel Sherman: The Yankees have signed Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal worth $16M and it includes the same bonus package that he had in 2013 which was $250,000 for 190 innings pitched and an interpreter.
Kuroda finished 11-13 with a 3.32 ERA in 2013 and pitched 201.1 innings. Kuroda had a rough end to his season and seemed to hit a wall late in the summer. He won his last decision on August 12. Hopefully he’ll rebound a bit in 2014.
And according to Ken Rosenthal, the talks between Seattle and Cano are not done. I guess cooler heads prevailed or maybe the original report was false. Who knows? In the age of Twitter, news materializes in an instant and it also changes just as quickly.
Be sure to check with us for any updates on the Cano situation.
UPDATE: 10:59 A.M. Annnd just as I post this piece, a tweet comes along…
Enrique Rojas reports Cano done with #Mariners for 10 years, $240M
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) December 6, 2013
ICYMI: Source: Talks between Robinson Cano and Mariners broke off after Jay Z’s excessive demands. Looks like Cano will NOT sign w/ Seattle.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 6, 2013
Looks like all that hand wringing a lot of people were doing last night was for naught because the word out of Seattle right now is the team promptly ended talks with Cano and his agents last night. Feinsand is all over the story (again), and according to his reports the Mariner front office was very upset when Jay-Z decided to change the plan from the proposed 9 years/$225 million and instead ask for 10/$252 mil. The meeting ended on the spot and right now there are no plans for the 2 sides to come back together.
Maybe that late-night private jet was unnecessary, huh? Oh well. Still got that offer from the Yankees on the table. Come on, Robbie. Come back home to Cash . He’s a business, man!
Actually, I think I have it backwards. …
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Robinson Cano is heading to Seattle to meet with the Mariners. He took a private plane from New York to the Pacific Northwest after the Mariners let him know that they’d be willing to give him a 10 year contract in the neighborhood of $230-240M.
It appears that this isn’t a formal offer but it’s the first time a team other than the Yankees has come out with some sort of dollar amount for Cano to consider. The Yankees were offering seven years/$165M and weren’t looking to go over $200M. If the amount from the Mariners is real, the Yankees will have to come up a lot in order to retain Cano.
In the translated article, this blurb came up and it amused me: “While New York is the winningest team in baseball history, Seattle does not advance to the postseason since 2001 and has never played in the World Series in its 37 year history.”
So does Cano go with the familiar team and the tradition or does he go to Seattle with the chance of being a part of a history making team for a franchise that hasn’t seen the postseason since Cano signed as an amateur free agent?…