The New York Yankees usually get the players they want.
On Friday, free agents Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson left the Bronx.
The Seattle Mariners agreed to a 10-year, $240 million deal with Cano. The deal is pending a physical.
The move means there won’t be any more ‘Robbie Cano, a don’t cha’ know’ home-run calls in New York.
The last five seasons Cano has averaged 28 home runs and 103 RBIs with a .314 average for the Yankees.
The New York Mets agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal with Granderson. That deal, too, is pending a physical, according to the Associated Press.
Granderson, a former member of the Erie SeaWolves, hit just .229 last season in just 61 games played. Granderson hit only seven homers and added 15 RBIs. However, Granderson hit 43 homers last year and 41 the year before that.
The moves leave a big hole in the Yankees’ offense, although the pocketbooks should be a little heavier. We’ll have to see how they react.
Seattle gets a superstar second baseman, but it doesn’t solve all the Mariners’ issues. The Mets likely won’t see 40-homer seasons from Granderson, especially in their spacious park.
Maybe the Yankees didn’t want to overspend. Maybe they didn’t truly want Cano and Granderson. How’s that for ironic?
UPDATE: The Yankees agreed to a deal to bring back pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. Reports have said it’s a one-year deal worth $16 million.
So much for watching what they spend. The Yanks just overpaid for a soon-to-be 39-year-old who went 11-13 last season.
UPDATE 2: It didn’t take long for the Yankees to fill their void in the OF. New York reportedly signed Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million deal.
– Rick Green