Yankees say we respect Robinson Cano, it was about money

Dec 12, 2013; Settle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano answers a question during a press conference at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

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.”

Topics: New York Yankees, Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

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  • Corethree

    Of course its about money. It always was with Cano. Plus he didn’t want to play for the Yankees anyway. If he wanted to be a Yankee, all he had to do was sign a piece of paper. I have said all along, that he’s not worth it. Wasn’t worth what the Yankees offered him and he’s not worth what Seattle gave him or will eventually give him. He will not like playing in seattle and seattle won’t like having him there. Eventually he will agree to drop the no-trade clause and he will be playing somewhere else for a lot less than what the Yankees where willing to give him. Depending on when this all takes place, he will likely never see a seven year contract. Watch.

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