Cano leaves, but Yanks get Beltran and keep Kuroda

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm •  Published: December 6, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Lost one, got one, kept one.

Robinson Cano is leaving the Yankees, Carlos Beltran is coming back to New York and Hiroki Kuroda is staying in town.

On a hectic day doing business in the Bronx, baseball's richest team learned Friday that Cano had decided to bolt for Seattle. So the Yankees moved quickly to bring in Beltran's bat, hours after retaining a key pitcher in Kuroda.

Free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson also left to join the Mets across town. But the Yankees hadn't shown much interest in re-signing Granderson after he turned down their $14.1 million qualifying offer last month.

Cano was a different story. New York offered the free-agent second baseman $175 million over seven years.

Instead, he reached an agreement with the Mariners, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday. ESPN reported earlier in the day 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.

"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," Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said. "We wish him the best. We hope he has a long, healthy career."

Beltran and the Yankees agreed Friday night to a $45 million, three-year contract, two people familiar with the deal said.

The All-Star outfielder's agreement was detailed to the AP on condition of anonymity because it was subject to a physical and had not yet been announced.

The 36-year-old Beltran is an eight-time All-Star who played for the Mets from 2005-11, when he was dealt to San Francisco. He signed a $26 million, two-year contract with St. Louis before the 2012 season and reached the World Series for the first time this year.

Much earlier in the day, Steinbrenner confirmed Kuroda will return for a third season in the Bronx.

"Kuroda is coming back," he said outside the team's spring training complex in Florida.

Kuroda's return fills one of three holes in the rotation behind CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova. The right-hander, who turns 39 in February, got off to a strong start last season before fading down the stretch. He finished 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA in 32 starts covering 201 1-3 innings.

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