Cano Takes Parting Shot at Yankees
Robinson Cano just wasn’t feeling it from the Yankees. If his former employers had put some more effort into courting him then perhaps the All-Star second baseman wouldn’t have joined the Mariners on a 10-year deal worth $240 million.
“I didn’t feel respect,” Cano said of the negotiations with the Yankees at his introductory press conference with the Mariners, per Newsday. “I didn’t get any respect from them and I didn’t see any effort.”
Throughout the talks between Cano and the Yankees, the team didn’t want to offer more than a seven-year deal or more than $200 million, according to ESPNNewYork.com. In addition to topping that offer, Seattle also showed Cano something else he wanted.
“They showed me love and they showed they wanted me from Day One,” Cano said.
Yankees President Randy Levine responded to Cano’s comments.
“I think he was very disappointed he’s not a New York Yankee anymore,” he said, per the Associated Press. “We treated him with the utmost respect. We respect him to this day.”
As for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, he doesn’t blame Cano for choosing the Mariners’ offer.
“It just comes down to, if the numbers are right, he had 240 million reasons why he should go to Seattle,” Cashman said earlier this week at the Winter Meetings, via The Star-Ledger. “And if I was him, I would have done the same thing.”