Sources: Cano asks M’s for 10-year, $240M; team offers under $200M

Free agent second baseman Robinson Cano asked the Seattle
Mariners for $240 over 10 years, according to sources.

The Mariners made an offer that was not over $200 million, the
sources say.

Cano, considered the biggest prize in this offseason’s free
agent market, is on plane to Seattle and will be meeting with club
officials later.

Whether the Mariners are willing to go to $230 million to $240
million for 10 years, as Enrique Rojas of ESPN reported Thursday,
remains to be seen.

When I asked an agent in touch with the Mariners whether the
team would offer Cano that much, he said it “could
happen.”

The question is how much else the Mariners could do if they
signed Cano for $230 million. On other hand, such a move might
influence other free agents to come to Seattle.

Keep in mind: The Mariners have very low payroll commitments and
their new TV deal is reportedly worth $2 billion over 17 years,
starting in 2014.

M’s ace Felix Hernandez is the only Seattle player signed past
next season. He is signed through 2019 at between $24 million and
$27 million per year over that span.

The New York Yankees’ highest offer has been $170 million-plus
over a shorter length of time, according to reports.

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