When this season started, Robinson Cano stood as one of the best young players in the American League. Five months later, he is one of the most disappointing. In reading the comments on the blog, many people want him traded.
This, I think, would be a mistake on several fronts.
You should never trade a player when his value is decreased. Cano, at the moment, is a second baseman hitting .268 with a .304 OBP and a tendency to take plays off in the field. What do you think you’re getting for him? It’s not Casey Kotchman.
The Yankees need productive, young and inexpensive players; which is what Cano can be when properly motivated. Joe Girardi and his staff need to find a way to get to him. This is what good managers and coaches do.
Whether Cano should need a kick in the pants or not isn’t the point. He does.
At one point last season, Cano was hitting around .200 in day games. Joe Torre and Larry Bowa made it clear to him: Get to the park earlier and get to work in the cage. Guess what happened? Cano started hitting in day games. Being a manager isn’t rocket science.
If the Yankees don’t have somebody willing to put the hammer down, get somebody who will. In any sport, the manager or coach has one primary duty: Get the players to play hard. The rest pretty much takes care of itself.
There is no reason in the world that six AL second baseman should have a higher OPS than Cano. He’s 25, he’s a work in progress. His career is at a point where it could go one way or the other. I think the Yankees should stick with him because there is greatness to be had.