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.