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- Robinson Cano's career batting line at Safeco Field: .309/.350/.487 in 163 PA
- Cano's career line at YS3: .312/.368/.537 in 1,681 PA
- Cano hit 27 home runs last year. According to ESPN's HR tracker, only 1 of them wouldn't have made it out of Safeco Field.
This whole "Robbie to Seattle" thing reeks of desperation to me, from both sides. Cano and his agents are desperate to get another team involved so they can try to put some counter pressure on the Yankees to budge from their offer. Seattle is desperate to add some offense and become relevant in the baseball world again, and they are because it's their GM's final year and he needs to make a splash to save his job.
Cano's offense would take a hit playing half of every season in Safeco, but maybe not quite the hit you'd expect. He'd instantly become "the man" on the Mariners next year and could easily become the face of that franchise. How much is that really worth though? And is it worth it to be the face of a franchise that nobody cares about if the Mariners don't get any better? I'm still holding my stance that I need to know that the Mariners have made an offer before I start getting concerned about Cano leaving. If they really are going to make this 9-year/$225 million one, Robbie will have a real tough choice to make.