A Twitter frenzy occurred yesterday morning and if you don’t have Twitter, too bad because even ESPN was late with this one. Reports and confirmations of a meeting between Yankees second baseman, Robinson Cano and the New York Mets, set up by his people, Jay-Z and company, took place to discuss his free agency and trade possibilities.
Let’s not knock the Mets for this meeting with Cano because after all, they didn’t set it up, we hope. But at the same time, why bother meeting with him when they can’t even afford him as well as know that he isn’t the solution to the constant Mets woes season after season? The Mets need a little bit of everything now, including ownership. But this article isn’t to discuss the Mets; it’s to discuss Robinson Cano.
To say that Robinson Cano isn’t talented is ludicrous. But his price tag is ridiculous. We want to say that baseball has learned its lesson from making hefty contracts, such as Alex Rodriguez. Cano is asking for $300 million dollars and the number is an eyebrow raiser, especially for a second baseman. You’ll hear both sides of the argument but ultimately, Robinson Cano is not worth $300 million dollars.
This media frenzy caused me to go back and look at his numbers because for the past couple of seasons, he isn’t the same on the field. This past season, he wouldn’t bend down to catch a routine ground ball.
After watching the World Baseball Classic, his performance was great and one would’ve thought that this would easily transition to regular season play as well as improve from his 2012 season. Note, his 2012 post season performance was a huge disappointment too.
My biggest concern with Cano is how his fielding has declined. He’s getting paid to play baseball and again, ground balls or double plays weren’t made in the past 2 seasons that were made before then. His numbers have definitely dropped. Cano may still have that sweet swing but homeruns don’t win ballgames. As a New Yorker, I naturally watch Yankee games and what I’ve seen is a decline in his game. Cano’s fielding has gotten way too lazy.
One thing is evident though, Jay-Z and his people don’t watch baseball because they would know that no one is going to pay $300 million dollars for a declining player.
Robinson Cano was at his prime in the 2009-2010 seasons and perhaps a bit of the 2011 season. The point I’m trying to make is that Cano will not have one of those seasons again. As much as I hate using this term, it’s completely true; the stats don’t lie. Cano’s batting stats have also been declining but ironically enough, his batting average has managed to stay above .300 in the past 5 season. If he plans on making this contract with anyone, he better be doing acrobatic catches or jumping into the stands and possibly a homerun a night to make those $300 million worth every cent.
Where will Cano end up? It’s safe to say he won’t end up with the Mets. My money is still with the Yankees but he’ll have to compromise. To quote the Yankees president, Randy Levine, “Until he gets a little more realistic, we have nothing to talk about.” The most he’ll get is $150 million and that’s still pushing it.