Whaddya know, Robbie Cano says "It's time for me to go." He leaves the Bronx for his new home in Seattle after agreeing Friday to become a Mariner for a whopping 10-year deal worth $240 million. The deal will become official when Robinson undergoes a physical Monday.
Simply put, it's a deal that Robbie Cano could not refuse. It is the third-largest contract in history, tying Robbie with the one Albert Pujols signed with the Angels. The top two contracts belonged to Alex Rodriguez: a 10-year deal for $252 million in 2000 with the Texas Rangers and another 10-year, $275 million baby with the Yankees in 2007.
Say what you want, but I don't fault anyone here. I can't blame the Yanks for not wanting to go 10 years because I think Robbie's skills will start declining in five years. That leaves $120 million to pay a player on the downslide. And I can't blame Robbie for taking the money.
But I just don't want hear from Robbie or any of his agents that he always wanted to remain a Yankee. He could've stayed a Yankee for a paltry $175 million for seven years.
But as we've learned, it's always about the money. Make that the most money.