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Back on December 6, All-Star Robinson Cano signed a massive contract with the Seattle Mariners. The deal is worth $240 million over a span of 10 years. In his nine year career, Cano played with the New York Yankees and had a .309 batting average. The 30 year old averages 162 games per year. In 2013 he hit 27 home runs, 190 hits, 107 runs batted in, and 41 doubles. The left handed batting Cano had the right field short porch at Yankee Stadium, but out in Seattle’s Safeco Field they have different dimensions. Left field is 331’ from home plate, center field is 401’, and right field is 326’. Left center is 378’, right center is 381’, and the deepest part of the ballpark is 405’.
Does anybody think Robinson Cano will be the same player in Seattle? Not really. Cano never put up a 30 HR and a 100 RBI season in New York. He only averages 97 RBI and 24 HR in a 162 game season, and that’s in New York. With Safeco Field’s dimensions, you may see his 2B total go up, but I wouldn’t expect any more than 45 2B in 2014.
As of now, in Seattle’s lineup, Cano is expected to bat ahead of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison. Corey Hart was supposed to be the Milwaukee Brewers backup plan after the departure of Prince Fielder after the 2011 season, but it never really worked out. Hart was injured for all of 2013. In 2012 he had 83 RBI and 30 HR. 25 year old Logan Morrison has a career .249 BA with a .337 On Base Percentage. Both players were injured last year for either most of the year, or all of the year, but they both have talent. Robinson Cano will see his walk rate increase if the Mariners front office doesn’t sign/trade for a right handed batter. In 2014, I predict that Cano will be an AL All Star, hit .300, drive in 85 runs, and hit 26 home runs.
Combined with the new additions of Cano, Morrison, and Hart, their rotation is shaping up nicely. Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Erasmo Ramirez, James Paxton, and possibly Jameson Taillon, a top prospect will all help the Mariners in their quest for the playoffs.
UPDATE: 4:10PM ET
The Mariners have signed Scott Baker to a minor-league contract
Chris Cotillo of mlbdailydish.com reports that the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners are the favorites to land Free Agent Pitcher Scott Baker. According to a industry source, there are 5-7 teams interested in Baker. He will likely make a desicion within the next few days.
Baker has been interested in signing a Major League contract, but will most likely settle with a Minor League contract that includes an inviation to spring training. “He is feeling better than he has for the past three years” says the source, “and will try to earn a starting role in the rotation in Spring Training with the team he decides to sign with.
The 32 year old pitcher made three Starts with the Chicago Cubs last seasons recording 6 earned runs in 15 innings after not playing for almost three years. Scott showed interest in returning with the Cubs but now likely heading back to the American Leagues with either Seattle or Cleveland.
In eight seasons with the Minnesota Twins (’05-’11) and Cubs (’13), Baker has a lifetime 63-48 record and 4.14 ERA in 166 major league appearances.