The deal was finalized this morning after it was announced that the All Star second baseman passed his physical.
General manager Jack Zduriencik explained the thinking behind the deal in a statement, via ESPN.com
“We have made a major commitment to a player who is one of the most dynamic in Major League Baseball,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement, via ESPN.com. “And Robinson has made a commitment to the Seattle Mariners organization and to the city of Seattle. We have stayed true to our plan of building our organization from the ground up through the amateur draft and player development and now have had the opportunity to add an All-Star player through free agency.”
The Mariners organization and fans took to Twitter today to welcome Cano with “Hello Cano” t-shirts and signs, some of them rather creative. Cano showed up at Mariners’ facilities, beard and all, earlier today and the deal will be formally announced a t a 3 p.m. PT press conference.
Check out some of the messages for Cano below:
Cano arrived in Seattle sporting a fresh beard this morning:
And his locker, in a picture from ESPN’s Pedro Gomez: