The Seattle Mariners signed New York Yankees slugger Robinson Cano to a 10-year $240 million deal. Cano suggested that the Yankees didn’t respect him and that is why he left the club.
“Honestly, I would say no,” Cano said, via Newsday. “I didn’t feel respect. I didn’t get any respect from them and I didn’t see any effort.”
The Yankees are saying that wasn’t the case, in fact it was because of money.
”We loved Robby. He’s a great player,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday, via Yahoo Sports. ”We made an offer we were comfortable with making. It fell far short of obviously where Seattle was. So, in terms of respect, they showed a lot more respect financially than we did.”
The Yankees final offer was a seven-year deal worth $175 million.
”There was nothing disrespectful about the last offer that was on the table,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said. ”Not quite sure why he feels that way.”
”I think he was very disappointed that he’s not a New York Yankee anymore. I think anybody would be disappointed when you leave the New York Yankees,” team President Randy Levine said. ”We treated him with the utmost respect. We respect him to this day.”