With the New York Yankees getting some well-deserved rest after splitting a long, and sometimes painful four game set against the Rays, it seemed like the perfect moment to check in on one of their ex-teammates who now plays in Seattle.
Yes, I am talking about Robinson Cano, don’cha know?
No doubt, at first I was pretty angry when the Yankees presented a low-ball offer to Cano because that essentially led him to skedaddle to Seattle.
I never even entertained that the Yankees should go near anywhere near the 10-year, $240 million deal he inked with the Mariners, but an offer of $200 million over 8-seasons would have been the right thing to do.
Even though I try to live by the motto, root for the team – not the player, I did have a certain affinity for Cano. He played baseball with such ease, and I was in awe of his God-given talent.
Ok, enough crying over spilled milk.
Fact is Cano is no longer a Yankee, which makes him just another player who does not don the infamous pinstripes. In essence, he is the enemy.
I have to admit; I did find myself daydreaming of how good the 2014 Yankees would be if Cano were manning second base still following his monster Spring Training.
But my sentiments have now faded, as Cano is not off to a great start.
As his batting stats from Spring Training vs. Regular Season make for a Jekyll and Hyde remake.
(All stats come courtesy of MLB.com)
Robinson Cano - 2014 Batting Stats
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Spring Training 18 51 4 21 5 0 0 13 4 4 1 0 0.412 0.455 0.510 0.964
Regular Season 18 71 7 19 3 0 1 8 6 8 0 1 0.268 0.321 0.352 0.673
It is only 18-games, but you got to believe that Cano is suffering from a rude awakening of going from Yankees life to Mariners reality.
Presently, the Mariners are sitting fourth in the AL West with a 7-11 record, and desperately trying to break the six-game losing streak (swept by Rangers and Mariners) they are on right now.
What an ideal time for Cano to show some clubhouse leadership, as that is what the big bucks were for, right?
Yankees fans will get to see their old friend/foe soon, as the Mariners will be visiting the Bronx on April 29th for three games.