March 3, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) reacts after hitting an RBI single in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Robinson Cano isn’t wasting any time settling into his role as a team leader in Seattle. Just days into spring training, Cano is already taking advantage of his superstar privilege to freely voice his concerns about the Mariners lineup.
Cano’s main worry right now? The Mariners are way too left-handed.
“I’m not going to lie. We need an extra bat, especially a right-handed bat,” Cano told CBSSports.com’s John Heyman. “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.”
Are you listening Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik?
As a matter of fact, yes, Zduriencik is listening. Intently. To the guy he will be paying $240 million over the next ten years.
“We are a little left-handed, and we know it,” the Seattle GM admitted.
Too bad it’s a little late in the game for the Mariners to add a significant right-handed bat. They were at one time rumored to be interested in Nelson Cruz but they couldn’t find enough money to bring in the former Rangers slugger, who ultimately went to Baltimore.
Seattle has mostly added bargain pieces since signing Cano to his $240 million contract. Gosh, if only Cano weren’t eating up so much payroll by himself, maybe the Mariners could have found themselves a legitimate right-handed stick.
I believe what we have here is an old-fashioned quandary.