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Contract Terms: 10 years, $240 million with the Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano conquered this offseason by earning the biggest deal for any free agent—with some help from his agent Jay-Z, of course. You can't fault Cano for chasing the money to leave the Bronx, but you can fault Seattle for overpaying.
Cano is a bona fide star in today's game. He's durable, has a sweet swing, and he can also field with the best of them. In 2013, the second baseman batted .314/.383/.516 with a 145 OPS+, 27 homers, 107 RBI, 65 walks and 85 strikeouts.
As long as he keeps posting numbers like that, the 31-year-old Cano is worth $24 million annually. But to expect him to sustain that type of production for another decade is unreasonable.
What's worse is that Cano's signing hasn't led to any other seismic shifts for the Mariners, and now they're reportedly strapped for cash, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Unless the team makes a late signing of Nelson Cruz or brings back Kendrys Morales, the 2014 offense could actually regress despite Cano being on the team.
As good as he is, Cano will have a hard time making up for the runs created by Morales and departed free agent Raul Ibanez. In the end, this massive deal could have little to no impact on the win column while handcuffing the team for the future.