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Okay, so Cano's contract is ridiculous. It's for too many years, too much money and for a team that didn't need a second baseman.
However, signing Cano has been the most important acquisition Zduriencik has made this offseason.
Other than being one of the best offensive talents in the game, Cano is a proven, likable winner who plays with a lot of swagger and will instantly be loved by Mariners fans. Fans will actually attend home games and improve a second-to-worst 45.4 percent home attendance from last season.
Obviously the M's have a long way to go in terms of building a contending ball club, but Cano is a good start. Locking him down with Felix Hernandez gives Seattle tremendous star power that has an extremely high ceiling with Kyle Seager, Taijuan Walker, Mike Zunino and Nick Franklin waiting to break out.
Signing Cano long-term gives the aforementioned players a chance to develop and turn the Mariners into a winning organization. It's a small start, but it's a start.