When Robinson Cano signed his epic decade long contract wight he Seattle Mariners on Friday, some people laughed at the length and claimed the full life of the contract would never play out. But new details about the 10-year deal have emerged and it’s looking like Robinson Cano is with the Mariners for the long haul.
FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal has pointed out that there is no opt-out clause in Cano’s deal with the Mariners which means Cano is bound to the contract for it’s entire duration no matter if he likes it or not. Obviously, the $240 million that Cano is getting will ease the pain but without a way out of the contract, Cano’s only chance of leaving Seattle during the next ten years is if he’s traded.
Source: Cano deal with #Mariners does NOT include opt-out clause. Described as 10-year partnership and commitment by both sides.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2013
The contract is apparently being called a two way commitment as Cano can’t walk away from the relationship without the consent of the Mariners and a third party willing to take on his massive salary.
We are likely looking at this all wrong, as ever since Cano was mentioned in the same sentence with the Mariners, critics have been lashing out against and speaking out the relationship in past tense before it even began. It’s possible that Cano could have a Hall of Fame career with the Mariners, but it seems more likely that this deal could cripple the M’s future.
Either way, Cano will be in Seattle until he’s 41 and, without trying to make it sound grim, there’s essentially no way out.