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Yankees: Cano’s stock is dropping

It is no secret that the New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is a free agent at the end of this season.

Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter - 8/9/10 - Yankee Stadium.

Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter – 8/9/10 – Yankee Stadium.

It is assumed that Cano will be the future face of the franchise since Derek Jeter is about to turn 39 years old in a few weeks and a season or two from retiring.

If you are a big star in you’re prime with pending free agency looming and you want the dollars, super agent Scott Boras is your man.

So it was not surprising when Cano signed on Scott Boras last season, but the Yankees sure couldn’t of been happy about it.

Boras squeezes every dollar out of a team for his clients, so when Cano dropped him for New York local and rap star mogul Jay Z a month ago everyone felt a sense of relief.

Jay Z is a lifelong Yankees fan and a staple at games.

I was there when he preformed his hit song “Empire State of Mind” before the start to Game 2 of the 2009 World Series, which became the theme song for that championship team.

Cano’s sudden switch to Jay Z’s new agency sent an unofficial message that he was here to stay and certainly for a more reasonable price.

I mean Jay Z would never allow his favorite team’s best player sign elsewhere, right?

Well, it seems that Cano might have left Boras as a client, but still has his mentality.

Rumor has it that Cano is looking for a contract similar to his teammate, Alex Rodriguez.

A-Rod inked a 10-year, and $275 million deal back in 2008, which the Yankees are regretting doing but are handcuffed too.

No doubt A-Rod proved vital to the Yankees, as without him there would be no 2009 World Series Championship trophy in the Bronx.

That is why it is so outrageous for Cano to be asking for that amount of money and years.

Reality is Cano is not valuable enough for the Yankees to hand him a monster contract like they did with A-Rod.

Also, Cano’s career numbers are not as good as A-Rod’s were back when the Yankees owner Hank Steinbrenner agreed to the deal.

This season Cano’s monthly batting splits are not pretty.

Month
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
SB
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
TB
April10718358071791710.3270.3790.5980.97764
May10910283071992010.2570.3190.4770.79652
June681316402814930.2350.3720.3820.75426
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com and baseball-reference.com.

No doubt that Cano hasn’t had the protection in the batting order due to all the injured Yankees this season.

But as you can see so far, Cano is not helping his own cause after a terrible 2012 post season and the month-long slump he is currently in.

Look if there is any truth behind these demand rumors, Cano is supplementing the Yankee brass with the upper hand.

The bottom line is Cano needs to start taking charge of this Yankees team now, as the leader of this team.

Why?

Simple, the Yankees need Cano more than ever but not like this.

As NBA great Larry Bird once said:

 “Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.” 

 

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3 Comments

  1. cliff says:

    Cano has a great swing, but doesn't control his strike zone well. He swings at too many pitches out of the strike zone and gets himself out too frequently, hence his .275 batting average. He's too overaggressive of a hitter that needs to learn patience and take some pitches that are pitcher's pitches. Never has really been a clutch hitter in his Yankee career, getting too anxious when the game is on the line.

  2. Otto Schaden says:

    Have been disappointed with Old Unreliable's clutch hitting for years — he should have been up among RBI leaders — but eh does hit well when the bases are empty! His contract negotiations should be televised.

    With texambi (like Giambi, he hits less and less each year with NY) may be out for the season, Granderson will no doubt be out within days after returning, and it doe not look as if jeter or ARod will play. ARod has earned that covted position of attracting countless "boos" and so I doubt he will ever retgurn.

  3. coolnewyorker says:

    Arguably, Cano is the best 2nd baseman in all of baseball. But he is no A-Rod. Very few are. Thus, very few can command A-Rod's ridiculous exorbitant salary. Cano is not worth half of A-Rod's perceived value.

    Cano does not possess what it takes to be Jeter-isque as to be the "face" of the franchise. No one does…at the moment, not even MO.

    So…let's not take Cano more than what he is. Arguably, he is the best 2nd baseman…in a time when for whatever reason, the position has been devoid of excellent players. Cano seems to have excelled on 2nd base amidst mediocrity.