Yes, you’ve known about this a long time. Nonetheless, here’s the release from the Yankees today:
The New York Yankees announced today that they have signed All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to a four-year contract with two one-year club options, avoiding arbitration. Should the club exercise both options, the contract would extend through the 2013 season.
Cano, 25, batted .306 (189-for-617) in 2007, establishing career highs in hits, at-bats, games played (160), runs scored (93), triples (7), home runs (19), RBI (97) and walks (39). He also tied his career high with 41 doubles. Canoâ€™s 97 RBI led all American League second basemen and was the second-highest total by a Yankees second baseman in the last 50 years. He also had a .328 batting average against left-handed pitchers (63-for-192), ranking second among all AL left-handed hitters.
Over the last two seasons (2006-07), Cano ranks first among AL second basemen in hits (344), doubles (81) and RBI (171) and second in home runs (32) at the position. His .330 road batting average since his debut in 2005 is the third highest in the AL over the three-year span.
Cano has played more games at second base (408) than any other left-handed batter in franchise history, and his .981 career fielding percentage ranks fourth all time among Yankees second basemen. In 2007, he led Major League second basemen with 830 total chances and 136 double plays.
Signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on January 5, 2001, Cano was the runner-up in 2005 American League â€œRookie of the Yearâ€ voting. In 2006, he was selected to the American League All-Star team.
Meanwhile, Ian Kennedy showed up in Tampa today to join the crew there.