Yankees GM Brian Cashman defends Robinson Cano’s decision to leave

  • Tad Johnson
Photo credit: AP

Photo credit: AP

Well this isn’t something  you hear every day.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman, at the annual winter meetings, was asked about now former Yankee 2B Robinson Cano, who left the team for a massive deal with the Seattle Mariners. Usually when a player agrees to a monster deal to play elsewhere, there are at least some feelings of ill will between the player and their former team. Brian Cashman, on the other hand, isn’t your every day average kind of guy.

When asked about Cano’s decision to leave the Yankees, Cashman defended the decision.

“He had 240 million reasons to go to Seattle and if I were him, I would have done the same thing,” Cashman said, sitting poolside at the Swan & Dolphin Hotel Tuesday as he took a minute from talking trade at the winter meetings to speak with reporters. “I didn’t want to let Robbie go, but we gave it our best bullet with $175 million for seven [years],” Cashman said. “Someone took him [from] us for a lot more.”

Over the past few seasons, Robinson Cano has been arguably the most consistent man in pinstripes. He’s remained steady in the lineup when other Yankees like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and now former Yankee Curtis Granderson have been struggling with injury issues. Cashman praised Cano during the winter meetings.

“He is as good as they come,” Cashman said. “He was on a Hall of Fame path with us. Hopefully, for them, he will continue that Hall of Fame path. That’s what he was for us, just a remarkable player, but the teams change on a yearly basis. We have had a lot of players that we have imported. We have had a lot of players that have been home grown. We have traded for great ones and we’ve traded great ones. It is just the nature of the beast.

“It is a tremendous situation for him and his family. It is obviously something he put himself in a position to earn, and we took a run at him last spring training. We were hoping we could retain him. Clearly, he made the right decision by playing out, hitting the market, testing the market because look at what has happened for him and his family.”

It’s probably not very common for the richest team in baseball to be outbid by a team with a vastly smaller market. Still, those who have been paying attention probably expected Cashman to have some harsh words for his former second baseman. This is a refreshingly different take from a guy that isn’t going to win any popularity contests in the MLB any time soon.


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