NEW YORK – 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.
Meanwhile, New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda is staying put.
“Kuroda is coming back,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said outside the team’s spring training complex in Tampa, Florida.
The Mariners made the kind of splash they’ve wanted for nearly a decade. ESPN reported earlier Friday that the contract the team agreed to with Cano was worth $240 million for 10 years. The deal is pending a physical, a source told AP
“He was a great Yankee. He was a great player. . . . We just never got close enough obviously. We wish him the best. We hope he has a long, healthy career,” Steinbrenner said.
Meanwhile, the Yankees reached a deal with Beltran for three years and $45 million. The agreement was first reported by the New York Daily News.
The 36-year-old Beltran is an eight-time All-Star and one of the game’s best postseason players. He hit .296 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs for St. Louis this year, adding two homers and 15 RBIs in October while making his first World Series appearance.
Former Yankee Granderson is moving across town to join the Mets.