Robinson Cano A 'Trader' For Signing With Seattle Mariners Instead Of New York Yankees, Angry Fans Say On Twitter


MLB star Robinson Cano’s decision to sign with the Seattle Mariners over the New York Yankees caused countless Twitter users to forget how to spell. The 31-year-old’s lucrative new contract has some fans referring to him as a “trader.”

Cano has reportedly signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners on Friday, ESPN’s Enrique Rojas reports. The offer dwarfed the Yankees’ proposed contract, which maxed out at between $165 million and $170 million dollars.

For Cano, the decision was likely a financial one—the Mariners were willing to offer a longer, more lucrative contract than the Yankees. Considering the fact that this will likely be the last contract Cano signs as a professional baseball player, it made sense to choose the bigger deal. But that didn’t stop some bitter Twitter users from calling Cano a traitor; or, as some grammatically-challenged fans have said, a “trader.”

"Keep chasing that money, [Robinson Cano]. Ain't gonna win anything out in Seattle...trader," one user tweeted. "[Robinson Cano] your a trader a benidict Arnold a snake in the grass I been a Yankee fan since I was 4 I'm now 40 [sic]," another fan wrote. Every "trader" tweet on Cano can be viewed here on Twitter, but IBTimes compiled a few more examples below:

The "trader" tweets also sparked a series of satirical posts, as incredulous Twitter users mocked the misue of the word. "Robinson Cano is really good at bartering goods and services #trader #everyoneisstupid," one Twitter user wrote. "Did Robinson Cano get a new job on Wall Street today? #Trader," wrote another.

Deadspin was first to note the rise of the “trader” phenomenon. When former Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury opted to leave Beantown in favor of a 7-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees, angry fans immediately identified him as a “trader.” The site compiled several examples of these tweets, which can be viewed here.

[h/t Deadspin]

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