(1090 The Fan) — “They [The Seattle Mariners’ front office] made me feel like family,” said Robinson Cano when asked “Why Seattle?”
Cano, the newest Mariner, was introduced Thursday afternoon at Safeco Field after his ten-year, $240 million contract was finalized and made official. The five-time All-Star sat in between General Manager Jack Zduriencik and field manager Lloyd McClendon will being introduced to the media.
What looked like a dramatic — and at times hectic — signing process from the exterior for the past couple of weeks, was actually a “fun” and “exciting” adventure according to both Cano and Zduriencik.
Unsurprisingly, the two-time Gold Glove Award winner addressed that there were multiple teams approaching him in the offseason, but ultimately Seattle was the best option.
“This organization, is going to put a great team together,” said Cano. “This isn’t just about the 2014 season. It’s about the future.” Cano also said his experience with the New York Yankees and what he learned from veterans like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera will play a major role in mentoring the young talent within the organization. “I was a young kid before and I got a chance to learn from a guy who has been there for ten, 15, 20 years. And now’s the time for me to share it with the young kids.”
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