Derek Jeter not surprised by Robinson Cano departure

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Derek Jeter says he is not surprised by Robinson Cano's decision to leave the New York Yankees for the Seattle Mariners.

Cano has reportedly agreed a 10 year deal with the Mariners worth $240m and Jeter told ESPN New York that Cano is happy with the deal.

"Yeah [Robbie is] happy, wouldn't you be happy? That's a lot of money," he said.

"I've been paying for breakfast, lunch and dinner all these years. He gets paid and he leaves, so I'll get him in Seattle, I guess."

Although happy to joke about Cano's departure, Jeter did admit that he will miss his long-time double-play partner.

He also admitted that he was not surprised to learn that Cano had agreed a deal with another franchise.

"I learned a long time ago I'm not going to be surprised by anything," Jeter said.

"With Robbie, I played with him for nine years. He's the second baseman I've spent the longest time with, so I'm going to miss him a lot.

"We got pretty close throughout the years, but I understand it's a business. I wish him the best. Everyone knows how I feel about him as a player. I would've liked to have played with him longer, but it's a business and guys move on."

Despite expressing his regret over the player's departure, the Yankees captain admitted that he never contacted Cano to try to convince him to stay in New York and said he wouldn't do it for any player.

"I've never called anyone to try and convince them to come," Jeter said. "There's nothing to sell Robbie on or sell anyone on. I think you know what it is. I'm sure he had enough people in his ears. I speak with Robbie, I speak with him a lot, but I would never try to convince anyone."

Jeter finished by saying that he had hoped to see Cano spend his whole career in the famous pinstripes, like himself.

"I mean, I thought he would," Jeter said. "I think a lot of people thought he would. But I don't know all the details of what happened. I'd be speaking prematurely if I were to comment on what went down between those two sides. I have no clue.

"That's a better question for Robbie, but I think a lot of people hoped he was gonna be here. Like I said, whatever reason, he's made his decision."

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