NEW YORK — The Yankees had plenty of praise for Robinson Cano, just not the money he wanted.
"Bouquets. Bouquets. Bouquets. I'll throw him bouquets all he wants," general manager Brian Cashman said, "but I couldn't throw him $235 million."
Cashman and Yankees officials spoke Friday, a day after the All-Star second baseman finalized a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Mariners.
Cano, 31, criticized the Yankees on Thursday, saying: "I didn't feel respect. I didn't get respect from them, and I didn't see any effort."
New York's final offer was $175 million over seven years.
"We made an offer we were comfortable with making. It fell far short of obviously where Seattle was," Cashman said. "So, in terms of respect, they showed a lot more respect financially than we did."
A season from free agency, Cano asked last spring for a $310 million, 10-year agreement. Cashman said before the deal with the Mariners, agents Brodie Van Wagenen and Jay Z called Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and the GM, then said Cano would accept a $235 million deal to remain with New York.
Cano's deal matches the fourth-largest in baseball history. New York's offer, while for less guaranteed money, would've equaled the third-highest average salary of $25 million.
Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner wasn't disappointed with Cano's remarks but was "a little surprised."
"There was nothing disrespectful about the last offer that was on the table," Steinbrenner said.
Yankee officials spoke after a news conference to introduce outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who agreed to a $153 million, seven-year deal. Steinbrenner said there was always "significant distance" in talks with Cano.
"For players over 30 years old, we don't believe in 10-year contracts. They just have not worked out for us. They have not worked out, I believe, for the industry," Yankees president Randy Levine said.
Rockies: First baseman Justin Morneau, 32, signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal. Last season, Morneau was traded from the Twins to the Pirates for their playoff run.
Royals: Omar Infante reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract, according to multiple reports. Infante, who turns 32 this month, hit .318 with 10 homers and 51 RBIs for Detroit last season.