Mariners becoming big spenders with acquisition of Robinson Cano
SEATTLE -- A reported 10-year, $240 million deal between the Mariners and free agent Robinson Cano marks a stunning about-face for a franchise that for years kept overall payroll below past levels. After a franchise-high $118 million payroll in 2008, the Mariners have avoided surpassing $100 million again. Through most of general manager Jack Zduriencik's five-year tenure, the Mariners allowed their biggest contracts to expire while completing a regional sports television network purchase analysts say is worth billions. Other than the ill-fated Chone Figgins signing in 2009 and extensions given marquee pitcher Felix Hernandez, the Mariners have avoided long-term commitments while ...