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Where Will Robinson Cano End Up?

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Robinson Cano prior to agreeing to a monster 1o year $240 million deal in 2014 with the Seattle Mariners looked to be in prime position for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

He was on pace for 3,000 hits and was looking to be one of the greatest second basemen of all-time, let alone the greatest second basemen in New York Yankees history. The Yankees had reportedly offered him a 7 year $175 million deal to keep him, which he declined.

From there, Cano’s career has taken a nosedive to mediocrity.

Since joining Seattle, the Mariners have not made the postseason under Cano’s leadership. It has been disappointment after disappointment. His numbers have been solid, but nothing like his Yankee days numbers. Add in his 2018 suspension for violating the Major League Baseball substance abuse policy and Cano’s $24 million per year average salary has been a nightmare. The organization has truly been sleepless in Seattle since Cano donned the uniform.

Heading into the 2019 season, the Mariners are trying everything possible to unload Cano off of their payroll and off their team. The problem is finding a trade partner.

Very few teams want a 34 year-old past his prime second baseman with that kind of salary on their roster, if any. In his shortened 2018 campaign, Cano did hit .303 with a .374 OBP, slugging 10 home runs and driving in 50. Cano turned it up in September, showing he had plenty left in the tank. However, was it enough for a team to be willing to pull the trigger?

Ken Rosenthal, Joel Sherman and many others have been diving into this situation over the past week.

The New York Mets are the most logical choice. Money to spend. An opening at second for a team that wants to win now. They’re also looking for a top of the line closer to help out their bullpen and the addition of Edwin Diaz into the deal would make the Mets not only willing to take on most of Cano’s salary, but add in some top prospects such as Justin Dunn. If the Mets were to get Cano, they could move Jeff McNeil to third base and have Todd Frazier platoon all over against lefties. That’s to say if McNeil isn’t just a one year wonder. Also to consider, the Mets would be wanting to make a salary dump of their own for their future books. Enter Jay Bruce.

Bruce had the Mariners on his no-trade list on his original list, but his most updated one as reported by Joel Sherman does NOT include the Mariners.

It would certainly eliminate the “Where do we put Jay Bruce” question that many have been asking since the Mets’ outfield is crowded and first base is destined for top prospect Peter Alonso.

Then we have the New York Yankees.

Would they be willing to do a swap of Jacoby Ellsbury to reunite with Cano? It’s not likely, but it is an option on the table since Didi Gregorius will be out for most of 2019 due to Tommy John surgery.

Then you have a team like the Colorado Rockies, an unlikely spot, but with the team’s willingness to let former batting champion DJ LeMahieu go, they may not be willing to look within their system for a replacement and instead go for a proven commodity in Cano. They are also in a win now mode with plenty of money to spend. If they are able to get the Mariners to package in Diaz, surely they would be willing to package a prospect or two besides to help out their bullpen, especially if Adam Ottavino does not return.

There are surely other teams who could use a proven second baseman, but who would really want to take on such a salary commitment from an aging veteran, regardless of his track record?

The Mariners need to pull the trigger soon, even if it means getting a minimal return.

 

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