Friday, December 6, 2013
AL West: Possible Cano deal ripple effects
By Richard Durrett
It turns out it that when it rains in Seattle, sometimes the color is green. The Mariners joined the high-priced AL West by agreeing to terms on a 10-year, $240 million contract with free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano, according to ESPN.com's Enrique Rojas. A few thoughts on what this means for the division and the Texas Rangers:
* It signals that the Mariners are going all-in now to attempt to compete. Cano by himself will certainly add interest and value to the franchise, but does he add enough wins to make them competitive? Probably not. That's why it's a perplexing decision by Seattle, who must believe that Cano will help with attendance and that he's the first step in many that need to happen for them to compete with Oakland and Texas consistently. And that's why it wouldn't be surprising to see the Mariners continue to spend -- or look to make some trades -- in an effort to upgrade now. Maybe they look at Shin-Soo Choo or perhaps a deal for David Price. But don't make the mistake of thinking this is it for the Mariners. If you're spending this much money on Cano, you've got to get more pieces around him.
* Man, you've got to love the AL West. Big spenders, GMs not afraid to make trades and some rivalries that should just get better.
* This puts the New York Yankees in the market for other free agents that interest the Rangers, namely Choo and Carlos Beltran. So it adds one more team with some money into the mix as the Rangers attempt to upgrade their lineup.
* It also means one more big name is off the board before anybody boards a flight to Orlando for the Winter Meetings. It puts Beltran and Choo at center stage in terms of free agents and Price as the biggest trade piece. But unlike the last few years, many of the names we thought we'd be discussing in the lobby are already signed.
* Will this mean a rush to get deals done with Beltran and Choo for fear of them coming off the board? We'll see.
* One more bit of AL West news: Scott Feldman is back in the division. And for more proof that salaries just keep climbing, Feldman got three years and $30 million from the Houston Astros, according to reports.