There's an old saying, "be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it." Well, Robinson Cano might be finding this out the hard way.
Sure, he got the money he wanted this past winter when he left the New York Yankees to sign a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners. But there was a catch to that. A big one; a major lack of offense and protection around Cano in Seattle.
The only other offensive players the Mariners added aside from Cano were Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers and Logan Morrison of the Miami Marlins; decent players, but not exactly protection in the lineup like Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira used to be, and certainly not Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano and Brian McCann would have been if Cano stayed in the Bronx.
This past week, Cano expressed his early displeasure with the Seattle lineup and feels that the team needs to add some power to it which it has sorely lacked for the last couple of years.
"I'm not going to lie. We need an extra bat, especially a right-handed bat," Cano told CBSSports.com. "We have many left-handed hitters. We need at least one more righty. You don't want to face a lefty pitcher with a lineup of seven left-handed hitters."
One player that is still on the market for the Mariners to potentially add is their own free agent in Kendrys Morales, who declined a one-year, qualifying offer from the team back in November for $14 million, a decision that Morales might be regretting because he's clearly not getting the kind of offers he expected to receive in free agency and Cano felt that the team should try to re-sign Morales to their offense.
In fact, Cano felt that the team should also have signed free agent pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana; Santana is still a free agent on the market, but Jimenez signed a four year deal with the Baltimore Orioles, and if it were up to Cano, they would all have joined him in Seattle.
"If it was up to me, we'd have Santana, Cruz and Ubaldo, too," Cano told the website. "That's really more for the front office."
Looks like Cano is finding out first hand that things in Seattle aren't quite like they were in New York and that he may want to have second thoughts on the deal he just signed this past December. Again, be careful what you wish for, because you might get it.
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