rumors: Mariners pushing hard for Robinson Cano

  • The Seattle Mariners are willing to offer free agent Robinson Cano a 10-year contract worth as much as $240 million, ESPNDeports.com reports.CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman later reported the Mariners may be prepared to offer Cano $225 million over nine years.  The All-Star second baseman flew to Seattle on Thursday to meet with team executives, the ESPNDeportes.com says.— SN selects Public Enemy No. 1 for every team A Mariners source later confirmed to The Seattle Times that Cano and Jay Z, whose Roc Nation agency represents Cano, are headed west to meet with team officials.Cano's agents recently presented a request for about $260 million over nine years to the New Yankees. The team countered with an offer of $160 million to $175 million over seven years. Since then, they Yankees have agreed to a seven-year, $153 million deal with free agent Jacoby Ellsbury.SPECTOR: Yankees still have work to do after landing McCann, EllsburyThe Ellsbury deal doesn't necessarily preclude the Yanks from re-sign夜网论坛ing the 31-year-old Cano.Cano has been one of baseball's top players, finishing with a Baseball Reference WAR of at least 7.6 three of the last four seasons. In 2013,  he hit .314/.383/.516 with 27 homers and New York's only consistent source of offense. He finished fifth in MVP voting.The Mariners finished 12th in the AL in runs scored in 2013 and could use Cano's bit bat in the middle of their lineup.UPDATE: ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick offered this nifty tidbit about Jay Z trave[......]

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    Long-time third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to play left field in rehab game

  • WASHINGTON — Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is scheduled to play five innings in left field Saturday night in his second rehab game with their Class-A farm team.Zimmerman has never played the outfield in the majors or minors. Manager Matt Williams says "He's ready. He's done a lot of work out there."Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 13 after breaking his right thumb while diving back to second on a pickoff attempt the day before. He's missed 42 games. The career third baseman has indicated a willingness to play left field. He's also practiced at first base. Left fielder Bryce Harper is out until mid-July following left th夜网论坛umb surgery.Zimmerman went 0 for 3 with a sacrifice fly as the designated hitter Friday night in Potomac, Virginia.[......]

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