Sep 28, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) warms up before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Robinson Cano Not Re-signing With Yankees Isn’t Good For Jays

It is (almost) official. Robinson Cano has signed with the Seattle Mariners for $240 million over 10 years.

What is the world coming to when the Yankees lose a player to the Mariners?

I’ve heard many Toronto Blue Jays fans think this is a good thing for the Jays.

Yes, you don’t have to face Cano 19 times a season and the Yankees lose a big bat.

But the Yankees also save a LOT of money by not signing Cano, not just for the 2014 season, but for the 6 years after that because the Yankees were “only” willing to give Cano 7 years.

That means they’ve got more money to spend on the rest of their roster. At least they won’t netting a compensation pick out of the deal. According to Mark Feinsand at the NY Daily News, the Yankees will lose their first round pick and both compensation picks received from Cano and Curtis Granderson leaving due to signings of Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann.

They’ve already spent a lot of money this offseason by signing Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, resigning Hiroki Kuroda and to a lesser extent Kelly Johnson. And that was when they were still trying to save money to sign Cano.

You throw in the fact that the Yankees may not have to pay Alex Rodriguez‘s contract during 2014 and you might see a lot of great free agents ending up in pinstripes.

We all know one of the biggest things the Jays need to do to contend in 2014 is beat the Yankees. And the Jays just finished 5-14 against the Yankees in 2013 and now they’re going to be even better…on paper.

Unlike most teams, you’ll find when the Yankees get better on paper they usually actually get better on the field. Winning after spending money isn’t as easy as they make it look.

So Cano is out of the AL East and the Yankees aren’t going to find a 2nd basemen as good anytime soon, but with the money the Yankees are saving, the division may have just gotten a lot harder.

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  • jays4life77

    I think it is actually crushing that Cano ends up in Seattle and not back in New York. This means big trouble for the east as I now think the Yankees grab 2 of the big free agent starters. I can picture Garza and Santana or Jiminez two of the 3 in pinstripes with the money they saved from Cano. They already said they could afford beltran or choo with cano so whats to stop them from grabbing beltran or choo with 2 big pitchers (cano’s money into 2 pitchers)

    • Scott

      I hope they do sign Garza, Santana, and Jimenez. None of them are good enough to compete in the AL East (at least not the latter two) and would probably all end up with ERAs over 4.00 or even 5.00.

  • RyanMueller

    Yes and no. Yes because the Yankees can sign two for the price of one as jays4life77 suggested. No, because you can’t replace the talent of Cano. This guy is a great player. Choo is a good player and Beltran was once a really good player…neither or both would replace Cano. Also signing Kelly Johnson really helps the jays….jk

  • Justin Jay

    NY fixed their C need. That helps. That infield is still really old and needs help. I would love, Love, LOVE to see Ervin Santana in a Yankees uniform. The way he gives up the HR + Yankee Stadium = Match made in Hell. Garza isn’t much better. 12 HR in 84 IP last year. Jimenez, now that he seems to have rediscovered his, would hurt Toronto… or any AL East team for sure. That should be NYY’s target, but right now it looks like he’s entertaining the Orioles offer.. which also sucks for Toronto.

  • Jensan

    Yankees, improved catching , sawed off with Ellsbury versus Granderson though less power, losing Starting Pitching and Relief Corp has huge fall off. ARod suspended for year, 1 year older Derek Jeter and no Cano, no they are not better.Yankee fans are delusional if they believe they are better off. Steinbrenner family is better off saves on Taxes of Salary 50% to 17%.

  • Hooey_Plain

    The Cano deal means that Omar Infante is going to the Yankees, so any hope Jays fans of seeing him at second base are done. It also means that the Yankees will be gobbling up the better free agent pitchers, especially now that it looks like Tanaka wont get posted. But AA was never going to try to sign a middle order free agent pitcher so don’t hold your breath. He has a couple of deals for pitchers on the burner for the Winter Meetings that will either materialize or fall apart. If he signs a free agent pitcher it’s going to be someone like Jerome Williams.

    • Kurtis Dunlop

      How do you know what AA has going on if you knew anything which obviously you don’t know on other then AA knows what he has going on the burner the man reveals nothing

  • Kurtis Dunlop

    Nope they don’t get draft pick compensation it’s off set by the Beltran and Ellsbury signing
    But I agree it’s bad luck for the Jays Tanaka and Garza both probably get signed now

    • Michael Wray

      Thanks that part wasn’t clear when the article was written. It has been updated.

  • John Smith

    It all depends on how they spend the money. If the Beltran and Ellsbury contracts are any indication it may be great news in not only the short-term but longterm as well.

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