Robinson Cano’s Hefty Contract Continues to Provide Motivation


Robinson Cano was 31 years outdated when he left the Yankees for a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners in December 2013. The panorama for veteran free brokers has modified lots since then.

Cano is the final free agent to get a 10-year contract. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will attain free company this winter at 26 years outdated, in order that they might be the subsequent. However the notion of a participant in his 30s signing for a decade has rapidly grown antiquated.

Charlie Blackmon, the star middle fielder for the Colorado Rockies, is 31 years outdated now, simply as Cano was in 2013. However Blackmon handed up an opportunity at free company Wednesday by signing an extension for 3 extra years, plus two participant choices. Together with this season, Blackmon is assured $108 million by 2023 — a wholesome sum, to make sure, but in addition a sensible appraisal of the altering worth of older gamers.

Cano, a minimum of, is motivated to show 10-year deal can nonetheless make sense. The Mariners haven’t reached the playoffs with Cano, however he has remained an elite performer.

“I need to earn each penny that I get right here,” Cano stated in spring coaching, on the sofa by his locker stalls in Peoria, Ariz. “I don’t need to be like these guys that, two or three years into their contract, they do actually good after which they don’t care. I do care. I really like this sport a lot, that is what I dreamed after I was a child. After I retire, I don’t need to miss the sport. I need to say I gave it the whole lot I obtained, so now it’s time for me to hold up the sneakers and go dwelling.”

Cano entered this season with 301 profession dwelling runs, trailing solely Jeff Kent (377) for homers by a participant who primarily performed second base. Now 35, Cano can have a powerful Corridor of Fame case if he finishes his profession the best way he plans.

“In the event you can have a great yr on the age of 34, why not have it at 35?” stated Cano, who hit .280 with 23 homers final season, and added one other dwelling run to win the All-Star Sport. “In the event you preserve working arduous, you inform your physique that you simply’re able to go — not like guys that begin sitting down, they’re gaining weight, they don’t care. I’ve followers on the market, I’ve my son, I’ve to be a great instance. I really feel snug now as a result of I obtained the cash, however cash’s not the whole lot.”

Cano spoke about his fame, citing the Corridor of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar as a supply of delight.

“He’s a Latino, he’s certainly one of our guys,” stated Cano, itemizing different superstars from Latin America, from Juan Marichal to David Ortiz. “That’s how I need to be remembered, as a man that was productive on this sport, not a man that simply feels snug as a result of he will get the cash.”

The Rays had deliberate to provide a rotation spot to the previous Yankee Nathan Eovaldi, however Eovaldi wanted elbow surgical procedure on the finish of spring coaching. Two of the Rays’ higher pitching prospects, Brent Honeywell and Jose DeLeon, have just lately undergone Tommy John surgical procedure.

So final Saturday towards Boston, the Rays turned to Andrew Kittredge for the primary 10 outs and Ryan Yarbrough for the subsequent 12. Austin Pruitt was scheduled to start out one other bullpen sport on Monday, earlier than the Rays have been snowed out at Yankee Stadium. Since his starter’s identification can change based mostly on who he makes use of the evening earlier than, Money has made positive to name or textual content the opposing supervisor as quickly as he is aware of.

“We’re not attempting to be secretive or play video games,” he stated.

Pruitt made eight begins for the Rays final season, and labored a minimum of six innings in 5 of them. However he stated the Rays have been merely following the tendencies within the sport.

“You’ve obtained the fellows which are the perfect — Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer — these guys are going to be the horses and go so long as the supervisor wants them to, so long as they’re getting guys out,” Pruitt stated. “However it’s leaning in the direction of starters going 5 innings and having some lengthy guys within the bullpen to select up some innings.”

Kittredge and Pruitt are 28, and neither has pitched a full season within the majors. Money stated his workers had given no resistance to the plan.

“They are saying, ‘O.Ok.,’” Money stated. “Most of them are younger guys. They’re wanting to get on the market and pitch.”

Mickey Callaway, the Mets’ supervisor, stated bullpen video games tended to work nicely. Somewhat than name up a lesser starter from the minors, Callaway stated, he may envision utilizing lengthy relievers like Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo to navigate the primary 5 innings, after which flip issues over to late-inning arms.

“I watched because the interpreter went all the way down to the top of the dugout, stated one thing to Ichiro, and Ichiro nodded and smiled,” Piniella wrote final yr in his memoir with Invoice Madden.

“The following inning, he hit a excessive fastball onto the hill behind the appropriate subject fence. When he obtained again to the dugout he got here as much as me and stated, ‘You cheerful now?’ I replied, ‘Sure, sure. I’m very blissful. From right here on out you are able to do no matter you need!’”

Greater than three,000 hits later, Suzuki remains to be taking part in, again with the Mariners to increase a profession that started with the Orix Blue Wave in 1992 — two years earlier than Ohtani was born.


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