The Seattle Mariners have emerged as a major threat to the New York Yankees in the battle to sign free agent Robinson Cano, reports ESPN.
After failing to agree a deal with the Yankees, Cano went on the free agency market but is yet to negotiate a deal with anyone but the New York franchise.
After days of talks, it is reported that Yankee officials and Cano's representatives are well apart in their respective offers.
The Yankees are prepared to offer the second baseman a seven year contract worth somewhere under $160m, but Cano is looking for a 10 year contract worth closer to $300m.
An ESPN source is quoted as saying that the prospect of a deal with the Yankees is looking less and less likely.
The Mariners have now emerged as major competitors for the number one free agent this winter.
The general manager Jack Zduriencik refused to confirm he had met with Cano but did suggest that he has at least talked to him.
"We've talked to everybody," Zduriencik told ESPN on Tuesday. "There's not a free agent we haven't talked to. We've cast a wide net.''
The Yankees have not talked to Cano since last Tuesday after offering him a seven year contract worth $160m.
They are not prepared to go much higher and a going on with their off-season plan regardless.
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