As Michael the Kay said the other day…“Robbie Cano’s career .307 BA is the highest for a 2B since Jackie Robinson retired!” (Carew - .329 while at 2B)
When you look at the middle of the Yankees order the future is murky. Alex Rodriguez is not going to consistently turn back the clock like he did yesterday. Mark Teixeira needs to figure out whether he wants to play softball or baseball for the rest of his career. Curtis Granderson profiles better at the top of the order than run producer. Nick Swisher? Don’t make me laugh, as the Yankees will rightfully let him walk rather than offer a multi-year deal for a sixth-place hitter on a good team. There is no one that profiles as a middle-of-the-order run producer in the minors, especially now that Jesus Montero is in the Pacific Northwest.
That brings me to Cano. He has been called “Rod Carew with power,” but he should belong in the conversation with some of the best in the game at his position. Most believe Joe Morgan is the best second baseman in history. Through the age of 29, Morgan had accumulated 103 HRs, 433 RBI and a batting average of .270. He had two All-Star appearances and had won his first Gold Glove during that 1973 season. In comparison, Cano is also a tw0-time All-Star, won a Gold Glove and a superior offensive player with 144 career HRs, 621 RBI and a .307 batting average.
...If Votto is worth $25 million a year, then what will Cano demand at a far more premium position. Also, Votto – although a solid player – is nowhere near considered one of the elite first baseman in the history of the game. As mentioned, Cano’s production to date puts him in the same class as Morgan, but is also superior to Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg and Roberto Alomar.
When you factor in the Yankees don’t have an elite run-producer coming from the farm system, then signing Cano to a monster deal is probably something they have no choice but to swallow.
Can you see 10-years/$300 million? I can.