Last Friday, the Seattle Mariners made a huge splash, landing Robinson Cano with a lucrative ten-year, $240 million contract. Cano's deal is now tied for the third-largest in MLB history. But what if we told you that they could've acquired him for less? In a story for The Dallas Morning News on Saturday, writer Evan Grant drops an interesting tidbit of information regarding the Cano/Mariners negotiation process:
By mid-day Friday, Seattle had heard that some team bid nine years and $225 million for Robinson Cano, so the Mariners upped their bid to $240 million and 10 years before apparently realizing the initial bid had come from themselves, too.
For the sake of the reputation of the Mariners' front office going forward, hopefully this isn't true. Usually, dumb moves like this are reserved for [insert New York sports team here], but this one would take the cake. You hear that? It's the rest of the league's GMs laughing at the M's.
[via The Big Lead]