- Andrew Marchand, ESPN Senior Writer
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Robinson Cano is facing a decision of a lifetime and of a lifestyle. If the Seattle Mariners are really ready to step up and financially knock the mighty Yankees out of the park, Cano must decide what is most important to him.
On one corner of the country is potentially an extra $25 million or so on a $200 million contract, but it comes with a commute for his family from the Dominican Republic that includes no nonstops and half a day in the air from the D.R.'s Las Americas International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International.
Or does he want to stay in New York, minus the $25 million, but with his family closer and the prestige of being a career Yankee and probably a much greater chance of winning? Plus, he can hang with Jay Z more.
What's it going to be, Robbie?
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Cano, 31 and not married, has always said this will be a family decision. During the All-Star Game, his dad spoke up and said not only did he think Cano would stay in the Bronx, but that it was at least important to the father that the commute not be that long.
"I have confidence that the Yankees are going to come up with something good in the end," said Jose Cano in the Citi Field road clubhouse. "I hope he can stay here. It is close to home and [it's] only three hours. If he goes someplace else, it might be five or six hours. I don't want to go there. But it is not my decision. He has to make that decision."
Cano has yet to decide, but the Yankees are becoming more pessimistic by the day. They are preparing for life without him. They could be bluffing, trying to get Cano back to the table for one final stab at it. But privately they are becoming resigned to the fact that Cano might leave and they will use the $175 million they were going to spend on him elsewhere.
Personally, if Cano goes to Seattle, I think he will ultimately regret it, just like his buddy, Alex Rodriguez did when he took the Texas dough. A-Rod's situation was a bit different, because the supposed 2000 second-place finisher, the Atlanta Braves, were at $128 million, so the $252 million figure would have been a ton to leave behind.
Of course, a potential $25 million is far from nothing. In the end, the spread between the Yankees and the Mariners or another suitor could be even more. The greater the margins, the more difficult the decision.
If the Yankees' $175 million won't get it done, then the Yankees must move on. Cano is a great player who will be missed the next three years. In the middle of the seven-year-deal, he will be 35, which is usually when most second baseman are going downhill. He probably won't be as missed then.
Cano may feel a little unloved at the moment as the Yankees aren't giving him everything he wants. But if he goes to Seattle, his legacy will be about cash, and more importantly, his family will be half a day away.
How much is that worth?