SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners say that cannot confirm any details of a potential deal with free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.
The team said Friday morning they will announce if an agreement is “completed and finalized” with the Yankees star. The statement came in response to an ESPN report Friday morning that Cano and the Mariners had reached agreement on a $240 million, 10-year contract pending a physical.
Cano's reported deal would be one of the largest in baseball history and a coup for a franchise that's gone a dozen years since making the postseason. It would bring creditability for the Mariners after striking out in the past in their pursuits of big free agents like Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton.
Cano is a five-time All-Star second baseman for the Yankees.
Another Yankees star has also reportedly left the Bronx for a payday elsewhere.
A person familiar with the situation says free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets have agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made.
The agreement was first reported by the New York Post.
The 32-year-old Granderson comes over from the crosstown Yankees, giving the Mets much-needed power in their punchless outfield. He batted .229 with seven homers and 15 RBIs this year, when injuries limited him to 61 games. But he surpassed 40 homers in each of the previous two seasons.
The move marks general manager Sandy Alderson's most expensive free-agent signing — by far — after three years of bargain shopping as the Mets were rebuilding.