Report: Robinson Cano would love to return to New York

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During the 2013 offseason, Robinson Cano not only shocked the Yankees, but he also shocked the baseball world when he left a $175 Million contract offer from the Yankees on the table for a $240 Million deal with the Seattle Mariners. But two years into the 10-year deal, Cano is reportedly expressing his regret in choosing the Mariners over the Yankees and has expressed interest in returning to New York.

The Mariners failed to make the postseason the two years Cano was in Seattle and Andy Van Slyke, the Mariners former first base coach, blamed Cano for losing his job on morning radio following his dismissal.

“The hitting coach got fired because of Cano,” Van Slyke told 920-AM in St. Louis. “And the manager and the coaches got fired because of Cano. That’s how much impact he has on the organization. He was the worst player and it cost people their jobs in the process.”

Not only was Van Slyke fired, but Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik was fired in August, and Lloyd McClendon was fired after the 2015 season along with his coaching staff. A report from the New York Daily News is suggesting Cano isn’t happy with the new regime in place, and he has expressed interest in playing in New York.

The problem is, if he were to return, the Yankees would have to ask the Mariners to eat a massive amount of his contract. A hypothetical trade that has been floating around the last few weeks is a deal that would bring Cano back to the Yankees and send outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the Mariners. Ellsbury has $105 Million remaining on his contract, and he also has a no-trade clause in place, which means Ellsbury would have to be okay with going to Seattle for the deal to be complete. The Yankees could also hypothetically eat Ellsbury’s contract and the Mariners could eat majority of Cano’s deal.

Cano was with the Yankees from 2005-13, and was one of the highest sought second basemen on the market once he hit free agency. Cano battled with illness throughout the 2015 season but still hit a respectable .287 average with 21 home runs and 79 RBI’s.

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26 Responses to Report: Robinson Cano would love to return to New York

  1. Tommy vargas says:

    I know New Yorkers love cano…I a New Yorker loves cano, yes he made a mistake when he signed with the mariners and not the Yankees this is his home and will always be his home but a lot has to play out so he could come back home…I for one miss him!!

  2. Celerino says:

    Why would Ellsbury agree to a trade? Won't happen in a million years.

    • hotdog says:

      he would be closer to his roots in Oregon…i'm not sure where his family lives now though…i could see Ellsbury having a bounce back year but he's getting older and likely slower…

  3. JOHN J. says:


  4. I feel like there are going to be a lot of people saying, I told you so. Pretty much everyone in the world said that Cano was just chasing money and would regret the move. He lasted two years.

  5. I should add that Cano didn't shock the Yankees. Sorry Delia, but that claim is just wrong. He made his demands clear and the Yankees knew their $175 million offer was a lowball move that had no chance to work. One of Brian Cashman's biggest mistakes since Hal Steinbrenner took over was not trading Cano during the 2013 July 31st deadline. They could have gotten a huge haul for a guy that they knew they had no intention of re-signing and failed.

    • Since when has 175 MILLION Dollars been considered a lowball offer? I agree they should have probably traded him at the deadline but their offer was very fair. Just because another team makes a stupid offer it should not reflect on what the Yankees offered him at all.

  6. Paul says:

    Let him stay Sleepless in Seatle.. 33 years old not going to get better with age.. Stay the course get young!

  7. Jack says:

    Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don't. Cano made his choice and now has to live with it The Yanks have moved on and so has Cano. He is a Seattle Mariner now and I would hope we can all get over it

  8. Jerry says:

    What's the matter, Jay Z not visiting too often. Hey I loved Cano and I would take him back under the right circumstances, but otherwise let's see what Refsynder can do. Maybe Cano is having the years you expected at the end of his contract now instead of later. Terrible contract. Let's focus on starting pitching and see where that brings us.

  9. Balt Yank says:

    I think Ellsbury, CC, Refsynder, and Nova for Cano works!

  10. Mr. Putzoo says:

    I was happy when they let the lazy bum walk.

  11. Bernard Kane says:

    Cano was always an attitude problem. Giving him what he wants to come crying home is NOT the way to bring him back to NY. Sorry, stay in Seattle. You'll have your money to keep you company.

  12. Dan says:

    why wouldn't Cano be feeling regretful about leaving New York to go to Seattle, the regret started to settle in when he hired Jay-z to be his agent lol. Robbi u made your be now you gotta lay in it

  13. mosc says:

    What is the oldest age in the history of baseball that a second basemen had a productive season? Cano's going to get 24 million when he's 40 years old. Does anybody seriously think he's going to be a middle infielder at that age? Ellsbury's contract isn't great (though I think a rebound is likely) but seriously Cano got paid for the FRONT years and he's already had the youngest 20% of the contract used up!

    Cano's not going to have Appling's aging pattern or Jeff Kent's Roid surge. Biggio's last 7 seasons were ROUGH (below league average in summary) and I don't think Cano's even going to age that gracefully considering his defensive performance in 2015. Bottom line is Cano's contract was signed so the Mariners could get real value out of him in 2014 and 2015. What they did or didn't get is an aside now but looking at what's left, It's more than $100M of dead money and that's A LOT worse than Ellsbury. The yankees should only exchange the two if the Mariners are going to pick up the last 3 years of Cano's contract entirely (Ellsbury's only signed for 5 more years)

    • Terry says:

      You are pretty much right on.He still has the 8 years and 192 million.That's exactly the kind of contracts that got into our current mess.He priced himself out of town,he now has a lot of money.Congrats,Ells won't go to Seattle right now,no one's buying into the Mariners and there's still a 90 million dollar difference.They won't eat enough money to make this happen.Cano's value has plummeted

      • mosc says:

        Assuming the yankees paid Cano what they have Ellsbury signed for and the Mariners paid Ellsbury what they have Cano signed for, the trade would probably work out for both. No trades and refusal to admit mistakes so early into long-term deals would make the trade impossible but from a value perspective, people should be clear that Ellsbury is only a small negative equity case (at least if he doesn't hit like september 2015 forever). The back end of Cano's contract is a boulder of waste no matter how he plays in the short term.

  14. Nunzio says:

    Cano got hungry and chose Seattle hopefully the Yanks will not get hungry, Cano will not bring anything to the team but another long and wasteful contract the Yankees do not need, Cano is someone else's problem now the yanks would be wise not to make him there problem.

  15. Dago Red says:

    I do believe that Cano should stay in Seattle. If I recall, when he signed with the Mariners, his statement was, the YANKEES "Do not respect me". That was after the YANKEES offered him 175M. Cano is nothing but a hot dog, he is sold on himself, believes that he does not need to hustle, and now into his thirty's. The Refsynder/Arkey combination is the answer to the second base problem.

  16. Balt Yank says:

    I agree with Dago Red. I love TEX but if the Yankees need to trade someone and lessen $ spent, TEX could be traded for a good starter and/or ace RH bullpen arm and prospects. Bird is ready to go. For those who think TEX would not fetch much, he's a 30 homer 90+ RBI bat even if hurt one month. Think about Seattle's lineup, or the Orioles, with TEX added. That being said, I like TEX. I'd trade CC, Ellsbury and AROD and Refsynder for Cano + $10 million per year on the last three years. Beltran goes to DH. Hicks / Judge in RF.

    • hotdog says:

      I like the idea of trading Tex as his value is high coming off a terrific bounce back season…i think the problem will be that Cashman believes the team in 2016 is better off with him in the lineup and that making the playoffs will partially depend on his having another productive season…although Bird replaced Tex without missing a beat offensively, management is very leery of giving essentially a rookie a full-time position if there's a good or better alternative…i would want prospects in return…i don't think we'd get a good enough starter…maybe a reliever but I'd rather the Yankees go the free agent route…it would take balls to trade Tex but I agree, it could be worth it…

  17. Michael R says:

    You are right on the money Rob. They should've traded Cano. It would be a huge mistake to bring him back for oh so many reasons. The youth movement is the long term answer.

  18. Michael R says:

    I wouldn't love to have him or his monstrous salary.

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