Derek Jeter will miss Robinson Cano, but he isn’t surprised the All-Star second baseman left the New York Yankees to sign a 10-year, $240 million free-agent contract with the Seattle Mariners.
“I learned a long time ago I’m not going to be surprised by anything,” Jeter said, per ESPnNewYork.com. “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.”
Jeter said he never tried 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.”
Jeter, who has spent his entire 18-year career in pinstripes, hoped Cano would 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.”
Jeter played in just 17 games last season because of a troublesome left ankle injury.
“I feel good. Everything’s good. I’m good to go,” Jeter said.