Is this the reason Robinson Cano left the Yankees?

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Cano can grow a beard in Seattle.
Cano can grow a beard in Seattle..

Robinson Cano turned  out for the Seattle Mariners for the first time on Tuesday following his summer switch from the New York Yankees.

Big things are expected from the second baseman and considering his $240 million contract, he's expected to bring something special to Seattle.

It changes the dimensions of the Seattle roster but also brings about big changes for the man himself. At the Mariners he is now free to experiment with some personal grooming.

Now an escapee of the Yankees' long-standing ban of beards, Cano turned out at the Mariners' spring training with some fresh face fuzz.

"It's a little different," Cano told reporters, while stroking his chin. "Now I know I don't have to shave every two days. I'm going to keep it. Let's see how good I do this year with this."

With several New York reporters present at his official unveiling, Cano did well to avoid controversy, dodging questions Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long's comments and declining to comment on the Alex Rodriguez situation.

He did, however, heap praise of Derek Jeter, who announced his intentions to retire after the 2014 season.

Cano also declared his desire to see the Mariners sign Nelson Cruz, who is still a free agent.

"I wish we had Nelson here, but we've got a front office," Cano said. "They know what they have to do, and they can decide. It's out of my hands. I know Nelson. He's a great guy, and we all know what he can do with his bat."

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