Derek Jeter is happy about Robinson Cano’s decision.
The shortstop said he congratulated Cano after the All-Star second baseman left the New York Yankees to sign a 10-year, $240 million free-agent contract with the Seattle Mariners
According to Jeter he wasn’t surprised by the second-baseman’s decision to leave, but will clearly miss his old double-play partner. Jeter thinks only the best of Cano.
“I learned a long time ago I’m not going to be surprised by anything,” Jeter said. “With Robbie, I played with him for nine years. He’s the second baseman I’ve spent the longest time with, so I’m going to miss him a lot. We got pretty close throughout the years, but I understand it’s a business. I wish him the best. Everyone knows how I feel about him as a player. I would’ve liked to have played with him longer, but it’s a business and guys move on.”
At no point did Jeter try to convince Cano to stay.
“I’ve never called anyone to try and convince them to come,” Jeter said. “There’s nothing to sell Robbie on or sell anyone on. I think you know what it is. I’m sure he had enough people in his ears. I speak with Robbie, I speak with him a lot, but I would never try to convince anyone.”
The 5x World Series Champion has spent his entire 18-year career with the Bronx Bombers and YouWager experts believe he hoped Cano would want to do the same.
“I mean, I thought he would,” Jeter said. “I think a lot of people thought he would. But I don’t know all the details of what happened. I’d be speaking prematurely if I were to comment on what went down between those two sides. I have no clue. That’s a better question for Robbie, but I think a lot of people hoped he was gonna be here. Like I said, whatever reason, he’s made his decision.”
The 39 year-old Jeter likes the moves the New York team has made in the offseason, bringing in free-agent catcher Brian McCann and outfielders Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury.