Cano, Beltran, Granderson, Feldman find new homes

The Seattle Mariners shook up baseball’s free-agent market,

reaching a rich deal with Robinson Cano on a day when Carlos

Beltran, Curtis Granderson and other familiar names found new


Scott Feldman and Nate McLouth also landed in different spots

Friday. Boston slugger Mike Napoli and New York Yankees pitcher

Hiroki Kuroda, however, decided to stay put.

A few days before the winter meetings began outside Orlando,

Fla., plenty of teams were busy.

The Yankees kept up their dizzying offseason makeover, with

All-Stars coming and going – Beltran joined them, Granderson


The Mariners made the kind of splash they’ve wanted for nearly a

decade. They reached agreement with Cano, a person familiar with

the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday.

ESPN reported earlier Friday that the contract was worth $240

million for 10 years.

The person told the AP that the deal was pending a physical that

had not yet been scheduled. The person spoke on condition of

anonymity because there was no official announcement.

Music mogul Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation has partnered with CAA

Baseball to represent Cano, was in Seattle for talks that began

Thursday. Agent Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Baseball and Juan Perez

of Roc Nation Sports also were in attendance.

The 31-year-old Cano had spent his entire career with the

Yankees and was a five-time All-Star. He hit .314 with 27 homers

and 107 RBIs last season.

The Yankees had offered $175 million over seven years. Cano goes

from a team that has missed the playoffs only twice in 19 years to

a club that hasn’t been in the postseason since 2001.

”He was a great Yankee. He was a great player. I think

everybody tried hard to get the deal done. We just never got close

enough obviously. We wish him the best. We hope he has a long,

healthy career,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner


After recently adding outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and catcher

Brian McCann, the Yankees kept spending.

They reached a deal with Beltran for three years and $45

million, two people familiar with the contract told the AP. The

agreement was first reported by the New York Daily News.

The 36-year-old Beltran is an eight-time All-Star and one of the

game’s best postseason players. He hit .296 with 24 homers and 84

RBIs for St. Louis this year, adding two homers and 15 RBIs in

October while making his first World Series appearance.

Granderson is moving across town to join the Mets. The

outfielder agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract, a person

familiar with the deal said.

The three-time All-Star, who turns 33 in spring training, hit

.229 with seven homers and 15 RBIs this year, when wrist and hand

injuries limited him to 61 games. He topped 40 homers in each of

the previous two seasons.

Feldman got a three-year deal with Houston, with the 111-loss

Astros hoping he can lend leadership to a young rotation.

Feldman, who turns 31 early next year, was 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA

in 30 total starts for the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore last


”Everybody starts in this game young. You can really learn a

lot just by watching anybody. … I can learn from them and they

can also learn from me,” he said. ”It’s just going to be great to

have a group of guys that works well and we can all get on the same

page, help each other out and have a successful season.”

McLouth and the Washington Nationals reached a deal, said a

person familiar with the contract. The 32-year-old outfielder hit

.258 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs in 146 games for Baltimore last


Napoli tweeted that ”The beard is coming back to Boston!!!

Couldn’t be happier!!”

The first baseman with the bushy beard reached agreement with

the World Series champions on a two-year contract for $32


The 32-year-old Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs

this year in his first season with the Red Sox.

Kuroda’s return fills one of three holes in the Yankees’

rotation behind CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova. The right-hander, who

turns 39 in February, got off to a strong start last season before

fading down the stretch. He finished 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA in 32

starts covering 201 1-3 innings.

Several reports indicated the deal was for one year at about $16