Cano, Beltran, Granderson, Feldman find new homes

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2013 at 12:55 am •  Published: December 7, 2013
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The Seattle Mariners shook up baseball's free-agent market, reaching a rich deal with Robinson Cano on a day when Carlos Beltran, Curtis Granderson and other familiar names found new homes.

Scott Feldman and Nate McLouth also landed in different spots Friday. Boston slugger Mike Napoli and New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, however, decided to stay put.

A few days before the winter meetings began outside Orlando, Fla., plenty of teams were busy.

The Yankees kept up their dizzying offseason makeover, with All-Stars coming and going — Beltran joined them, Granderson left.

The Mariners made the kind of splash they've wanted for nearly a decade. They reached agreement with Cano, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

ESPN reported earlier Friday that the contract was worth $240 million for 10 years.

The person told the AP that the deal was pending a physical that had not yet been scheduled. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

Music mogul Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation has partnered with CAA Baseball to represent Cano, was in Seattle for talks that began Thursday. Agent Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Baseball and Juan Perez of Roc Nation Sports also were in attendance.

The 31-year-old Cano had spent his entire career with the Yankees and was a five-time All-Star. He hit .314 with 27 homers and 107 RBIs last season.

The Yankees had offered $175 million over seven years. Cano goes from a team that has missed the playoffs only twice in 19 years to a club that hasn't been in the postseason since 2001.

"He was a great Yankee. He was a great player. I think everybody tried hard to get the deal done. We just never got close enough obviously. We wish him the best. We hope he has a long, healthy career," Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said.

After recently adding outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and catcher Brian McCann, the Yankees kept spending.

They reached a deal with Beltran for three years and $45 million, two people familiar with the contract told the AP. The agreement was first reported by the New York Daily News.



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