2014 Mariners Team Preview: Here Comes Cano
2014 Mariners Team Preview: Here Comes Cano

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Desperate to get off a rebuilding treadmill that was leading to nowhere but irrelevance, the Mariners swung for the fences on a 10-year, $240 million free-agent deal for Robinson Cano. It is a lot of money and years for a player who will be 32 when the season starts. But if Cano delivers a World Series title it will be worth the gambit. Of course, Cano cannot carry the Mariners to contention, let alone the World Series, on his own. And the team's returning players combined last season to hit ... .244/.322/.394.

The team acquired Corey Hart and Logan Morrison to bolster that dreadful line. But both are coming off significant knee injuries, and neither is particularly well-suited for a corner outfield post.

The Mariners figure to have a three- to four-year window to contend before Cano begins the decline phase of his career. And they're not going to contend this season, so one year is already moot. Still, Cano makes this season slightly more interesting than the play-the-kids strategy fans have endured the last number of years.

Offseason Moves

Signed second baseman Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract.

The Mariners gave Cano the third most lucrative contract in baseball history, equaling Albert Pujols' deal and behind only two Alex Rodriguez contracts. For their money, the Mariners get the game's best second baseman who is coming off five consecutive seasons with a .300-plus average and a .500-plus slugging percentage. The impact of going from Yankee Stadium

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