MLB notebook: Mariners reportedly sign Robinson Cano
SEATTLE — Even as the Seattle Mariners were remaining silent about a potential deal with free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano, the New York Yankees were ready to move on.
“He was a great Yankee. ... We just never got close enough, obviously. We wish him the best. We hope he has a long, healthy career,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said Friday.
The Mariners weren't saying much of anything Friday, only issuing a statement in response to an ESPN report that Cano and the team had reached agreement on a $240 million, 10-year contract pending a physical. It would be tied for the fourth-richest contract in baseball history and a striking blow from a franchise that has done little to get noticed for the past decade. The reported deal would blow away the Yankees' last offer of $175 million over seven years.
Only the two deals signed by Alex Rodriguez — first with Texas and then the Yankees — and Joey Votto's contract with Cincinnati were worth more. Albert Pujols also signed a $240 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
Cano's representatives and Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik did not return messages seeking comment Friday.
“If and when an agreement is completed and finalized, we will announce,” the Mariners statement read.
Cano was a five-time All-Star second baseman for the Yankees. Last season, he played in 160 games, hitting .314 with 27 home runs and 107 RBIs.
Kuroda stays with Yankees
As Cano left the Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda agreed to stay.
Steinbrenner said Friday the pitcher is returning for a third season in the Bronx.
The right-hander, who turns 39 in February, got off to a strong start last season before fading down the stretch. He finished 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA.
Around the league
Infielder Rafael Furcal and the Marlins have agreed to terms on a contract, two people familiar with the situation said Thursday. ... Right-hander Scott Feldman has signed a three-year contract with the Astros. ... The Nationals signed outfielder Nate McLouth to a two-year deal. The deal is worth $10.75 million with an option for a third year.
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