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Seattle is thought to be a dark horse-team for Cano, but the Mariners don’t figure to contend in the AL West with or without Cano. Since Cano left Scott Boras for Jay Z because he believed the mega entertainment star but neophyte agent could help him grow a brand away from baseball, it’s difficult to believe Cano had Seattle in mind.
with an offer nearly double Atlanta's.
Seattle really is an awful place to grow your brand too. I mean, who had ever heard of Ken Griffey Jr, Randy Johnson, Alex Rodriguez or Ichiro Suzuki until they finally emerged from the hinterlands of the Pacific Northwest?
The Post has been losing money for years. Do you think there's some cigar-chomping executive that orders, "Fire whomever, but keep that punny headline writer. You just can't replace that!"
What happens if the Yankees spend their dollars elsewhere and they are no longer in the market for the five-time All Star?
IIRC, this was the conventional wisdom on A-Rod too, just before he signed with the last place, midwestern Texas Rangers.
1: Sure they had just finished last, but had finished 1st the two years previous
Steinbrenner says that $189 million is a goal, not a mandate. If they have to go over that to sign Cano, and the contract he's willing to sign is something they're willing to pay, they'll sign him.
1: Sure they had just finished last, but had finished 1st the two years previous (of course with 20/20 hindsight we know that the last place finish the year before was no fluke, and the AROD Rangers featured pitching staffs so godawful that no lineup could have won)
2: "midwestern" boy that locale sure hurt the marketing of the Dallas Cowboys, you know the NFL tam that shares the same damn parking lot as the Rangers?
I didn't know Ken Griffey's kid played baseball. The other 3 were all Yankees.
"After 40 years, to have some flunky just send me an email. But I did get a call from the woman in charge of entertainment who apologized for just sending an email.”
If the Yankees say "our offer is 7/170 and that's final, you have until January 1st to decide, let us know," it seems extremely unlikely to me that anyone's going to top it. The Dodgers, maybe, you never know. The Orioles? The Angels are tapped out, the Rangers have a second baseman, so do the Red Sox, so do the Nationals, so do the Tigers and they appear to be cutting salary anyway.
Now I'm reading that the Mariners are in on him. If I were a Yankees fan I'd be happy to let the Mariners have him, if they're wanting to pay more than $200 million for the privilege. If I were a Mariners fan... well...
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