Was Robinson Cano Worth $240 Million Paid By Seattle Mariners?

Robinson Cano

Elaine Thompson-Associated Press

In 2013, New York Yankees’ second basemen, Robinson Cano, hit the free agent market. Two teams were in big pursuit of the power-hitting second basemen, the Seattle Mariners along with the Yankees.

New York offered him a 7-year deal worth $175-million, but that was not enough for Cano. Later in the offseason, Seattle offered him a 10-year deal worth $240-million-dollars to join a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 11 years.

He signed with Seattle, making him the highest paid second basemen of all time. To this day, baseball fans still wonder if the left-handed slugger is still worth $240 million?

In 2014, Cano was still the feared hitter he was known for, just in a different way. Usually known for his outstanding power, Cano found a new way to put fear into the pitcher’s heads.

Cano hit .314 in 2014 but only had 14 home runs. He still found ways to drive in runs without hitting his usual 30-plus home runs. He hit 37 doubles while driving in 82 runs. Many fans thought that Cano lost the power he once had in New York.

In 2015, Cano showed more signs of power, hitting 21 homers in the season. They aren’t his usual power numbers but they are much improved from last season. His average dropped from .314 to .287 which is still good for a 3-hole hitter.

After his first two seasons, people were very confused on why the Mariners paid $240-million-dollars for a mediocre power hitter through his first two seasons with the Mariners, only having 35 home runs in his first two seasons.

2016 was a totally different story for Cano. The slugger finally found his power stroke in Seattle, even giving him a berth in the 2016 Home Run Derby. Cano arguably had one of his best seasons ever in his career.

Cano hit .298 while hitting a career-high 39 home runs with 102 RBI’s to go along. Cano lead the Mariners to one of their best seasons since they last made the playoffs, finishing third in the wild card race.

Cano was on pace to have another breakout season this season, but an injury in early May has set him back. He has 9 home runs so far and is on pace for another 30-plus home run season.

Cano is looking for a big series against the Rockies and the high Colorado air should help the ball travel when he gets ahold of a pitch. Seattle needs a big series win and with their big time slugger back, looking for the Mariners to turn their season around.

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