The Mariners and Robinson Cano have reportedly agreed to sign a 10-year, 240 million dollar contract, pending a physical that will be on Monday. Welcome to Seattle, Robbie!
According to Divish. This definitely means that they’re pretty serious.
10 years for 230-240 million? I’m at the point where I think they should just give him whatever he wants to come here. Just get us someone that can hit; that’s all that matters at this point with the M’s great pitching and light hitting, and Cano can flat out rake.
Not sure what to think of all these Cano rumors. I think the Mariners should give him as much as he wants, but who knows? He could just be using the M’s to get what he wants in New York.
Three years ago today we lost the iconic voice of the Mariners. Rest in peace Dave, I’m sure there’s a baseball field up in heaven just for you.
"I can’t promise you how many wins we’ll have. I liken it a lot to the team we had [in Detroit] in ‘06. We had no idea we were going to go to the World Series. We felt we could be competitive and take a step forward. But baseball is a funny game. I can tell you this: When you buy into it and buy into the team concept and you enjoy winning, funny things can happen. Who knows? Funny things might happen here, too."
Mariners have officially hired Lloyd McClendon, former Tigers hitting coach, as their manager! Welcome to Seattle!
Apparently Felix’s house caught on fire. Don’t know any details yet.
UPDATE: Felix and his family were not in the house and are fine. Cause is not known yet.
Yesterday the Mariners announced that they declined both Franklin Gutierrez and Joe Saunders’s options for 2014, automatically becoming free agents. I think almost everybody saw this coming so was I surprised? Absolutely not. Saddened? Yes and no.
Joe Saunders was a complicated pitcher to deal with from the start. Although he had a few shining moments this year, I think everybody can agree that he was not the pitcher we saw throw for the Orioles last year in the playoffs. The expectations the M’s had for him were to just be mediocre, with a win-loss record hovering around .500, but even that wasn’t reached. Saunders was supposed to be one of the veteran leaders in the clubhouse, but instead he would make comments to the media about how he shouldn’t have been pulled out of the ballgame or that the team made too many errors. Now, I watched one of these games where he was throwing well and some of the younger guys were making errors left and right, but one of the most important rules is to never blame your teammates. You win and lose as a team, no exceptions. I definitely am glad that the M’s were not interested in bringing him back because that is not the type of atmosphere a young, up and coming team should be around.
Guti is a totally different situation. It seems like just yesterday he signed that 4-year extension, but with all the injuries and lost time those four seasons seemed to go by fast. He’s a team player, a good hitter, and when healthy the best defensive outfielder in the game. Death To Flying Things can track down anything, making the hard plays look easy, and the impossible plays possible. Guti has speed and power, which is key to be a great hitter, and always came through in the clutch. One of my favorite Guti moments was back in July 2009 when, in the bottom of the eighth inning, the M’s are down 1-0. Felix is sitting in the dugout with a towel draped over his head, defeated, when suddenly Franklin hits a three-run bomb and everybody goes crazy and Felix ended up getting the win because of it. But, injuries and illnesses plagued his next three seasons, whether it was unluckily getting drilled in the head on a move back to first or pulling a hamstring. Some players just happen to be prone to injuries, and he’s one of them.
Moving forward it seems as though Joe Saunders is not part of the M’s plan. Whether they bring Franklin back on a cheaper deal or not, he will find a team, and as a fan of his I can say that, no matter what, I’ll miss him.