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Robinson Cano apparently wants the Mariners to behave like the Yankees

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • March 3, 2014 - 3:13 PM

In New York, when the Yankees needed some offense, they just went out and bought more. Why can't it be more like that in Seattle, newly acquired (and very expensive) second baseman Robinson Cano wants to know?

"I'm not going to lie. We need an extra bat, especially a right-handed bat," Cano told CBSSports.com. "We have many left-handed hitters. We need at least one more righty. You don't want to face a lefty pitcher with a lineup of seven left-handed hitters."

GM Jack Zduriencik doesn't necessarily disagree. How can he? Not after the Mariners posted an MLB-low .657 OPS vs. left-handers last year, then added two more lefty hitters in Cano and Logan Morrison as two of its three main offensive pieces while losing the righty-swinging Michael Morse and switch-hitting Kendrys Morales.

"We are a little lefthanded, and we know it," Zduriencik said.

Cano -- whose $240 million, 10-year deal with Seattle is tied for the third richest in MLB history -- offers a solution, and it's the obvious one; bring back Morales, who remains a free agent working out for weeks at the Scott Boras Training Institute in Miami Gardens, Fla.

"He's a switch hitter who's got power," Cano noted. Not only that, but Morales possesses power proven to work at Safeco Field, as he posted 23 homers and 80 RBI in his inaugural season in Seattle.

So just go buy more players, Seattle. It's just that easy.

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