Via Wally M -
The Seattle Mariners have emerged as major players in the sweepstakes for free agent Robinson Cano, according to several sources who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday on the condition of anonymity.
With the New York Yankees not wanting to offer Cano more than a seven-year contract or as much as $200 million, an industry source with knowledge of the negotiations put the Yankees’ chances of retaining the five-time All-Star second baseman at “less than 50-50.”
“It doesn’t look too good right now,” said the source.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik refused to confirm a meeting with Cano.
“We’ve talked to everybody,” Zduriencik told ESPNNewYork’s Andrew Marchand on Tuesday. “There’s not a free agent we haven’t talked to. We’ve cast a wide net.”
Sources familiar with the negotiations between the Yankees and Cano told ESPNNewYork.com that the Yankees believe Seattle might be willing to offer Cano $200 million over eight years.
One of the sources said the Mariners were “desperate for hitting and desperate to put people in the ballpark.”
Did Adrian Beltre like Seattle? For what it’s worth, I don’t think anyone is wearing #24 for the Mariners now.