There is new speculation that former Yankee, and now current Mariner second baseman Robinson Cano, wants to go back to New York and play again for his former team.
The rumor was first reported by John Harper of the NY Daily News, who stated that a source close to the situation said:
The second baseman is not happy in Seattle, especially with a new regime in charge there now, and that he’d love to somehow find his way back to New York.
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It sounds great for him, the only issue in the way might be that fairly large, 10 year, $240 million contract he signed to play for the Mariners merely 2 years ago.
Cano, a 5 time all-star, has struggled in his first two years as a Seattle Mariner, with the team landing in 3rd place in 2014 and 4th place in 2015. His overall batting statistics have taken a slight dip as well in cavernous Safeco Field, where all players seem to struggle with their power numbers.
A Yankees/Mariners trade could make sense
From the Mariners point of view, they aren't really getting what they expected when they signed Cano to the massive contract. Additionally, with new GM Jerry DiPoto now running the show in Seattle, they may be looking to move in a more cost effective, younger talent direction, as Cano is now 33 years old.
From the Yankees point of view, it might make sense due to their need for an everyday second baseman. And since Cano was such a popular player in New York, the chances are that a return to the big apple could bring back his passion for the game and put up the kind of numbers people expect out of him.
Realistically, the contract is a big issue
If Cano is truly unhappy in Seattle (which is just speculation at this point), and is demanding a trade to the Yankees or any other team for that matter, his contract is still a major blocking point. Not many teams would likely be willing to trade for a 33 year old second baseman with good, but not great power, and 8 years left on a $240 million deal.
The only way it could happen is if the Mariners were willing to eat much of the cost of the $240 million, so really it's a decision that both sides would have to ultimately agree with.
Fans from both teams seem conflicted for different reasons.
- Yankee fans seem delighted by the fact that Cano realizes he made a mistake in signing with Seattle, and would only take him back if Seattle were to absorb his contract.
- Seattle fans seem upset that Cano is already wanting out after 2 years, and considering how much he's underperformed thus far, would not be opposed to see him ship out for other talent.
However the situation plays out, it seems that fans are stuck in the middle and Cano is not going to be a very popular person in either city.
What do you think? Should Cano be traded back to the Yankees?