The Yankees’ offseason decision not to match the Mariners’ 10-year, $240 million offer for Robinson Cano, and instead disperse their funds on a slew of other free agents, has paid off in the first month of the season. The players they did sign — Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran — have all performed anywhere from decent to spectacularly at the start of their pinstriped career.
“Obviously, they wanted [Cano] back and they are going to miss his presence in the lineup and at second base, but the Yankees felt very comfortable in the offer that they made and they moved in a different direction,” YES Network analyst John Flaherty said.
“Between Derek Jeter’s retirement and Tanaka, Ellsbury, Beltran and McCann arriving, Robinson wasn’t a big topic of conversation. Everything else seemed to dominate all the conversation in spring training and early this year. He hasn’t been much of a conversation at all.’’
Cano, who is hitting .280 with one homer and eight RBIs, will be a topic of conversation on Tuesday when he leads the Mariners into The Bronx for a three-game series. After a promising 6-3 start, the Mariners (8-13) are battling the Astros for last place in the AL West.
But Mariners play-by-play man and SiriusXM host Dave Sims said he has been impressed with Cano since his arrival in Seattle. In New York, Cano blended in with the Yankees’ bevy of stars. That is not the case in the Pacific Northwest.