Robinson Cano is taking Mariano Rivera's long-range, no-nonsense zinger in stride.

A day after it was revealed in his new book that the all-time saves leader would take Boston's Dustin Pedroia at second base, Cano, now with the Seattle Mariners, insisted he still respects his longtime former teammate as the best ever, no matter what.

"Everybody has a different opinion. That's his opinion and I have to respect his opinion," Cano said before Tuesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics. "I'm not going to go too far into this. That's the only thing that I can say. My focus right now is this team.

"I'm here, we're winning," Cano said. "I was over there already and now I'm here and now I'm focused on the team. I'm going to be excited for my teammates."

Rivera played nine seasons with Cano. Rivera retired after last year, and Cano left the Yankees in the offseason and joined the Mariners on a 10-year, $240 million contract as the new centerpiece of the franchise.