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Reports: Robinson Cano agrees to 10-year, $240M deal with Mariners

12.06.13 at 10:59 am ET
Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano

According to multiple reports Friday morning, the Mariners have agreed to a 10-year, $240 million deal with free agent second baseman Robinson Cano, despite stories earlier that the talks had broken down.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted that the Yankees confirmed they’ve been told Cano is leaving for Seattle.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick both had tweeted that the sides were 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.

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