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Cano’s Departure Somehow Different Than Other Free Agent Departures

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Johnny Damon (L), Jacoby Ellsbury (M) and Jason Giambi (R) (Getty Photo Credits: All Bello, Maddie Meyer and Jim McIsaac)

Johnny Damon (L), Jacoby Ellsbury (M) and Jason Giambi (R) (Getty Photo Credits: All Bello, Maddie Meyer and Jim McIsaac)

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(1090 The Fan) — Though the story isn’t as compelling as you would think, some of the national and New York media is all over Robinson Cano’s return to the Bronx.

ESPN New York made sure to report there was no video tribute set for Cano.

Our sister station WFAN is still wondering what went wrong by offering the line, “Players simply don’t give up the limelight of New York to go be isolated in the Pacific Northwest.”

As we all know, the five-time All-Star left the New York Yankees via free agency last winter and signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners. Before making his final decision, Cano got one last offer from the Yankees’ that was $175 million for seven years. Ultimately, Cano chose to be a franchise player and help revamp Seattle’s baseball club.

Since officially becoming a Mariner, Cano has been cast as a greedy ballplayer, only in it for money — not “in it to win it.” It is this very sentiment that has built up a borderline insignificant series into a dramatic reunion. (Yes, every game is important. But, if Seattle gets two out of three in New York with its current pitching situation, most Mariners fans will be satisfied.)

Cano was on The Tonight Show Monday and told host Jimmy Fallon he left New York in a “good way” and he hopes to get a standing ovation. Fallon and Cano also had a sense of humor about the whole thing and pranked Yankees fans out in the streets:

 

Nevertheless, when free agents dart to the pinstripes like a moth zips over to a porch light, there isn’t a whole lot of hoopla. Here are just a few significant signings in recent years:

Before the 2014 season began, Jacoby Ellsbury left Boston for a seven-year, $153 contract with the Yankees. Ahead of the 2009 season, Mark Teixeira left Atlanta for an eight-year, $180 million contract. Johnny Damon left Boston after the 2005 season for a four-year, $52 million deal.

The best, though, has to be Jason Giambi in 2002 leaving the most strapped-for-cash market in the game (Oakland) for a seven-year, $120 million deal with the Bronx Bombers.

Are these guys villains? No. They’re some of the most celebrated guys in Major League Baseball.

So, the next time someone from the Yankees chooses to play elsewhere for more money, keep in mind it’s no different than what New York does every single year.

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