Former New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano once stated the New York Yankees didn't respect him with their offer during the offseason and the team's manager, Joe Girardi, reacted to those comments before the new Seattle Mariners star returned to his old stomping grounds on Tuesday.
Cano made the statements during his introductory press conference with the Mariners and naturally Yankees' brass didn't agree with the claim considering New York made him a seven-year, $175 million deal, which was turned down in favor of Seattle's 10-year, $240 million pact.
Here is what the Yanks' skipper had to say, per Erik Boland of Newsday:
Girardi on Cano saying Yankees didn't respect him:"$175 million is a lot of money…I think we've always respected Robbie Cano &his talents"
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) April 29, 2014
Jack Curry of Yes Network shared the praise Girardi had for Cano, despite his comments about his former club not respecting him:
Girardi called Cano a player who was almost in a league by himself in terms of the production he gave as second baseman.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) April 29, 2014
It's clear Girardi has a ton of respect for his former player, but his response is dead on in regard to Cano's statement about the team's lack of respect for him. It's not like the Yanks didn't attempt to pay him handsomely for what he had done and what he would do in the future.
Let's be real: that's $25 million per year. Not much of a diss there.
Just because it wasn't to his liking doesn't make it disrespectful. Certainly Cano felt otherwise, so the Yanks, their management and fans will just have to agree to disagree in this instance.
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