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Robinson Cano has a beard now, so you know he doesn't play for the New York Yankees.
The second baseman entered the offseason as the prime candidate to receive the biggest contract for any free agent, and he's done that by securing a 10-year, $240 million deal from the Seattle Mariners. Now that he's in the Pacific Northwest, Cano is away from the facial hair-free Bronx Bombers.
Cano joins starting pitchers Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma as the team's top players, an impressive nucleus, for sure. But there isn't much depth behind Cano in the lineup, and it will be tough for them to compete in a division where the Oakland A's and Texas Rangers each possess talented pitching staffs.
The offseason isn't over yet and the team still has time to sign a slugger like outfielder Nelson Cruz, re-sign Kendrys Morales or make a trade for an impact bat like Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier. For now, the offense doesn't have much firepower.
Other than Cano, the team's top returning hitters are third baseman Kyle Seager (.260/.338/.426, 22 HR, 69 RBI) and first baseman Justin Smoak (.238/.334/.412, 20 HR, 50 RBI). Cano will certainly have an impact in Seattle, but he can't make up for the production lost by Morales and Raul Ibanez by himself.
Though Hernandez and Iwakuma form a solid one-two punch in the rotation, the team has done little so far to improve a staff that finished with a 4.31 team ERA in 2013, which ranked 26th in MLB. Unless the Mariners make more drastic moves in the coming weeks, this roster doesn't look built for success in a star-studded AL West.