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Robinson Cano carried extra 20 pounds last season due to Seattle weather


When Robinson Cano signed his signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners in December 2013, he presumably realized there would be some adjustments to be made after spending the first nine years of his career with the New York Yankees. But who knew his move from the bright lights in the big city to the Pacific Northwest would involve an adjustment involving his belt?

Cano apparently was carrying an extra 20 pounds during his first season in Seattle, and contrary to what one jokingly might suggest, it had nothing to do with overindulging on Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccinos at Starbucks.

Instead, the more temperate climate in Seattle was to blame, as not playing games in the more sweltering heat of the Bronx during the hazy days of summer didn’t allow Cano to easily keep off the pounds.

Cano typically would start the season in the slimming pinstripes of a Yankees uniform weighing in the range of 220-225 pounds. Playing more games on the east coast with a majority in New York often would result in Cano finishing the season a bit lighter, perhaps between 205-210 pounds.

Lessons have been learned by Cano, though, after going through his first season in Seattle. Whether or not the added pounds caused a decline in productivity, there was nevertheless a drop-off, at least in his power numbers. While he batted a robust .314, consistent with his career averages, he only hit 14 home runs and knocked in 82 RBI, his lowest numbers in those statistical categories in years. Cano nevertheless was a starter in the All-Star Game, a Gold Glove finalist and finished fifth in American League MVP voting, as a report from The Seattle Times notes.

The second baseman weighed in at his official physical Tuesday at a much leaner 212 pounds, which is 13 pounds lighter than what he was at spring training last year. Cano refuses to call last season a disappointment.

“Last year, I can’t complain,” he said. “That was a good year for me even if I didn’t hit the ball out of the ballpark. For me to stay out there and be able to be healthy and play more than 150 games, that’s what it means to me. (Because) I know I work hard. I know I do my job in the offseason and getting ready and prepared for the season.”

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