According to multiple reports Friday morning, the Mariners are close to signing free agent second baseman Robinson Cano to a long-term deal, despite stories earlier that the talks had broken down.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick both tweeted that the sides are moving toward a deal, with Crasnick quoting a source as saying reports of the breakdown are “inaccurate.”
A New York Daily News story Friday indicated the talks had ended due to rapper/agent Jay-Z overplaying his hand. That story indicated the Mariners had offered eight years and $200 million and were willing to pay $225 million over nine years, but Mariners chairman/CEO Howard Lincoln “exploded” when Jay-Z asked for $252 million over 10 years.
The team was said to be questioning whether Cano really wanted to play in Seattle.
The Yankees reportedly have offered seven years at between $165 million and $170 million.