Even though I’ve never been a huge Robinson Cano fan, mainly due to the fact that he played for the evil Yankees, I was beyond happy to see him jump ship and head out West to join the Seattle Mariners.
I’m not a huge M’s fan, but I do have a soft spot for them because they are the closest team to where I live, and they are the team I have had the chance to see live the most times. Plus, I love Seattle, and Safeco Field is one of the best stadiums that I have ever been to.
My primary reason is that because somebody actually left the Yankees. Yes, the Mariners overpaid him. And, yes, 10 years is far too long for a 31-year-old player. But the best second baseman in baseball left the biggest team, and that is good. Sure, he did it for the money, and he will probably miss playing in New York. Plus, this helps out my favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, as one of the best players will no longer be someone they have to deal with 18 times per season. So that can only be good.
The Mariners have a long way to go before becoming a serious playoff threat, but this is a start, and it gives them a building block for the next few years. Plus, if they were able to woo someone of Cano’s calibre, then who knows, maybe other big names could be lured by the Emerald City, to enjoy a great sports town and the beautiful Pacific Northwest.