Friday was crazy. Actually, it all began on Thursday night, when, after monitoring Twitter for hours (and I’m not a big Twitter guy, by the way), I went to sleep fully convinced that Robinson Cano would be a Seattle Mariner. Then in the morning, there was that report that Mariners president Howard Lincoln “exploded” and ended negotiations when Jay-Z asked for 10 years and $252 million when the team was under the impression that Cano would accept their nine-year, $225 million offer. At that point, it seemed as if the All-Star second baseman would eventually return to the Yankees and the Cano camp was simply using the Mariners as leverage. Well, that turned out to be wrong too.
At 10:16 AM ET, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted that talks between Cano and the Mariners were still alive. Then at 10:57 AM ET, Enrique Rojas of ESPN tweeted that the deal was done. 10 years for $240 million. Now listen, I wanted Cano back. But 10 years for $240 million? That’s insanity. I certainly don’t fault Cano for jumping at that offer, but at the same time, I don’t fault the Yankees for bowing out. As good as Cano is, why not spread the wealth and fill a number of different holes on the roster? The Yanks have plenty of them.
From a fantasy perspective, you’ve got to think Cano’s value takes a hit. Is he still the #1 second baseman? Yeah, probably. But the gap between him and Dustin Pedroia or even Jason Kipnis just got narrower. He’s a near lock for another .300-plus batting average, but I wouldn’t be surprised if 27 homers and 107 RBI turn into 22 homers and 90 RBI now that he will be playing half of his games at Safeco. And he doesn’t run at all. Position scarcity (and take a look at how shallow the 2B pool is this year) will likely keep Cano in the top-10 overall, but I’d sooner go with Pedroia in the mid to late-second round.
On any other day, Curtis Granderson signing with the Mets for $60 million over four years would’ve been the lead story around here. But not on Friday. The Amazins had to do something. You just can’t run a New York baseball team like a small-market club. And let’s face it, that’s what the Mets have been over the past few years. Grandy adds some pop to an outfield that was a flat-out joke last season from an offensive standpoint, but how much pop he adds remains to be seen. To what degree the cozy right field porch at Yankee Stadium influenced his home run totals remains to be seen. Despite being a Yankee fan, I always want to see the Mets do well, and I’m hoping that the Granderson signing pans out. But would I be shocked if he finishes the 2014 season with a .240 average and 19 home runs? Not really. But it’ll be 15 more than Juan Lagaras and 17 more than Eric Young, so I guess that’s something to be thankful for. All kidding aside, I like the signing, but I’ll be staying away in my fantasy drafts.
By 9:45 PM ET, I thought that the Twitter portion of my day was over. Not quite. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News was the first to tweet that the Yankees had signed ex-Met Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million contract. Considering all the money that was saved by missing out on Cano, this wasn’t much of a surprise. Three years is a lot to commit to a 36-year-old with a sketchy health history, but in light of the Jacoby Ellsbury signing, I see Beltran, a switch-hitter, as a better fit than Shin-Soo Choo, who doesn’t offer as much power and batted .215 versus lefties last year. Oh yeah, and Choo will likely command a six-year contract in the neighborhood of 110-120 million bucks. No thanks.
Then at 11:46 PM ET, there was a tweet about Mike Napoli officially re-signing with the Red Sox. Then as Friday turned into Saturday, I saw a 12:23 AM tweet about the Rockies having interest in Jose Veras and Jesse Crain.
Enough. Starting to feel dizzy, I put my iPhone in the charger. I was done with Twitter, at least for the next week or two.
Then I remembered that the Winter Meetings begin on Monday.