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State of the Yankees: Second base

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 10, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hand picking a team to win right now and remain competitive in the future, money being no issue, how many second basemen would you chose ahead of Robinson Cano? Is Chase Utley the only one? I’m sure there are some would prefer Dustin Pedroia or Ian Kinsler — and I’m positive everyone back home in Sikeston, Missouri would choose Blake DeWitt — but Cano ranks right up there at the top, clearly behind Utley but in the conversation for the second-best second baseman in the game. Not bad for a 27-year-old.

Starter: Robinson Cano
Backup: Ramiro Pena
Veteran insurance: none
Almost ready: Kevin Russo, Reegie Corona
Low rising: David Adams, Corban Joseph

Cano is in place, but the Yankees don’t have a veteran second baseman behind him. Pena is an outstanding defensive player with solid speed and a bat that might be improving, but he will probably never be an especially good offensive player. If something were to happen to Cano and the Yankees needed more than a spot start at second, Russo would be the better option (in my opinion). He really showed a lot in Triple-A last year and seems more advanced than Corona. Kudos to the Yankees for not feeling the absolute need to grab a proven middle infielder who brings little to the table other than experience. Standout second base prospects are rare — and I wouldn’t call any of the young Yankees second basemen superstars – but there is a long line of nice young second basemen coming through the system.

Worst-case scenario: It’s obvious isn’t it? Cano goes down — or falls into a funk like he experienced at the start of 2008 — and none of the young Yankees are able to handle the job. At some point, a team has to trust it’s young players, especial in a backup role, but that transition always comes with a risk.

Best-case scenario: Wouldn’t everyone involved be happy with a repeat of 2009? If Cano once again hits .320 with 25 home runs and 48 doubles, the Yankees might have the most productive No. 7 hitter in the game. If Russo repeats as the best lead-off hitter in the International League, the Yankees will have a legitimate middle infielder begging for an everyday job in the big leagues. If Adams and Joseph each get a promotion and succeed at the next level, they’ll begin looking like Top 10 organizational prospects. Last year was a good year for Yankees second basemen. If it ain’t broke…

The future: Cano is signed through 2013, and the Yankees can buyout either of the last two years. Basically, the ball is in their court. Cano is going to get pretty expensive in those last few years, but he’s under the Yankees control. They can decide whether he’s worth it, and by the time they have to make that decision, the Yankees should know what they have in their up-and-coming second basemen. Most like, the future looks a lot like the present, but the Yankees have some options.

An attempt at the complete depth chart
An educated guess, but just a guess
Scranton: Reegie Corona
Trenton: David Adams
Tampa: Corban Joseph
Charleston: Jimmy Paredes
Extended: Emerson Landoni (or he might be a utility type in Charleston)
Where’s Russo? As it stands, the Triple-A roster is going to have a lot of mix-and-match going on in the infield. My guess is, Russo will get most of his starts at third base while Corona gets most of his time at second. They just fit those positions a little better, but if the big league club needs a second baseman, I still think Russo would get the call ahead of Corona. Also, you might know the name Damon Sublett as a second base prospect, but he moved to the outfield last year.

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127 Responses to “State of the Yankees: Second base”

  1. kd February 10th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    chad,

    is russo ready defensively?

  2. Stephen February 10th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I agree that Cano’s the second-best second baseman in theory, but there are few on the team (no one, really) I’d be LESS comfortable with at the plate in a big spot.

    So that knocks him down a peg or two in my unscientific view.

  3. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Woo-hoo!! This is my kind of post
    And to answer your question, I wouldn’t choose anyone ahead of Cano :D

  4. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    GreenBeret7
    February 10th, 2010 at 5:34 pm
    You’ll love the Muppets sing “50 ways To Leave Your Lover” except when Randy interupts them.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..re=related

    ****************************
    I love their version of “50 Ways”. They also do a very nice “New York State of Mind”, if you’re in the mood for some Billy Joel-I’m sure it’s on youtube somewhere.

    Loved the “Baby Driver” clip, BTW

  5. Rick February 10th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Robby Cano has been durable in his time as a Yankee. It remains to be seen who his best buddy will be with Melky gone. I suspect A-Rod will take him under his wing and he’s always felt comfortable with the Captain.
    It should be an interesting spring for Ramiro Pena and Kevin Russo.

  6. Chad Jennings February 10th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I actually think he might be better at third — great arm — but Russo can handle second base just fine. He went through one rough stretch that I remember, but I don’t think the team ever worried about him in the field. He’s not a defensive standout, but he’s plenty good enough.

  7. Tom in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Best-case scenario? Cano repeats his ’09 stats-from the 5 hole….

  8. kd February 10th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    thanks chad

  9. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Rick
    February 10th, 2010 at 6:19 pm
    Robby Cano has been durable in his time as a Yankee. It remains to be seen who his best buddy will be with Melky gone. I suspect A-Rod will take him under his wing and he’s always felt comfortable with the Captain.

    **************************
    He’s also really close with Cervelli

  10. Tom in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Blake DeWitt does have a Yankee connection:

    He was taken by the Dodgers with the Yankees first round pick as compensation for Paul Quantrill

  11. GreenBeret7 February 10th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Given age and cost, the only 2nd baseman I’d take over Cano is Aaron Hill, both offense and defense. Utley is too expensive and his defense was pretty shakey in the PS. Is he losing part of that game?

  12. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Im still waiting for someone to say they would take the EWOK over Cano in 5-4-3-..

  13. Phil the Thrill February 10th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Ericson Leonora got switched from CF to 2B and could make his US debut in the GCL this year. He’s get a very high upside. Btw, Adams and Joseph have very good upsides, too.

  14. Phil the Thrill February 10th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    And I think Cano is gonna have an age 27 explosion this year. I bet we see a whole new level from him.

  15. GreenBeret7 February 10th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Erin, there are a few more Muppet songs, including Gonzo singing Ringo Starr’s “Act Naturally. Johnny Cash and Miss Piggy sing “Jackson” is good and Lubbock Lou And His Jughuggers back him up on “Ghost Riders In The sky”. Rowff plays piano on “Dirty Old Egg Suckin’ Dog”.

  16. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    GreenBeret7
    February 10th, 2010 at 6:30 pm
    Erin, there are a few more Muppet songs, including Gonzo singing Ringo Starr’s “Act Naturally. Johnny Cash and Miss Piggy sing “Jackson” is good and Lubbock Lou And His Jughuggers back him up on “Ghost Riders In The sky”. Rowff plays piano on “Dirty Old Egg Suckin’ Dog”.

    ***********************
    I think I have seen Gonzo’s “Act Naturally”. The others I’ll have to watch-none of them sounds familiar.

    If you want some more Paul Simon, his version of “Me and Julio” that he did on Sesame Street is one of my favorites :)

  17. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 10th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Cookie Monster rocks…

    LOL GB, my father used to sing Ghost Riders in the Sky to my sister and me when we went out west years ago to a dude ranch. I have very fond memories of it – that’s another song I need to visit You Tube for.

  18. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Phil the Thrill
    February 10th, 2010 at 6:30 pm
    And I think Cano is gonna have an age 27 explosion this year. I bet we see a whole new level from him.

    ********************
    I second this :D

  19. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 10th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I’m not really a Sesame Street gal – I preferred Electric Company. I LOVED the Muppet Show, however. PIGS………….IN…….SPACE!

  20. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 10th, 2010 at 6:37 pm
    Cookie Monster rocks…

    ************************
    Cookie Monster does rock. I even have “C is for Cookie” on my ipod. :)

  21. MaineYankee February 10th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    S.o.S

    Yes Raiders. :lol:

    Since the days of Madden. In regard to Russell, my guess is as long as Al is in charge he’ll be to stubborn to admit he made a mistake.

    It would be tough to trade Parker. He’s maybe the best on the team after Duncan.

  22. MTU February 10th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    “Cano will win a batting title”. Is this the year ? :)

  23. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    MTU
    February 10th, 2010 at 6:42 pm
    “Cano will win a batting title”. Is this the year ?

    ***********************
    Yes!!!

  24. GreenBeret7 February 10th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Betsy, a big YES on PIGS……IN…….SPACE.

    Here’s Ghostriders In The Sky.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....&NR=1

  25. GreenBeret7 February 10th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Here you go, Betsy. Welcome aboard The Swinetrek.

    http://www.youtube.com/results.....&aq=f

  26. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    MaineYankee,
    Well at least they have they still have one the best cheerleaders in football. Your right, Al Davis is a stubborn man that needs to let someone esle finally make those football decisions for him. I want someone to derail those Chargers. Broncos seem to think its a 10 game season and mail it in after that. K.C. likes to give away every star they have to other teams. And then therer the Raiders. Hope it turns around soon. Cant stand Rivers.

    Parker is too much of a ball hog. I know he is the second best on the team. But the best trades are ones that sting a little bit. I think Hill is more of an unselfish player and is better on D. Maybe we can get something BIG for Parker before his ankle finally gives way.

  27. Al February 10th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I see Cano in the OF in a few more years if we have a decent in-house 2b option. Cano certainly has the gun and enough athleticism to man a corner outfield position. He won’t be the best outfielder, but if his defense at 2nd becomes a liability, he could thrive as an OF.

  28. Rick February 10th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    He’s also really close with Cervelli

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    Thanks Erin, that’s good to know. It always helps to have players that can turn to those that speak the language. Javy Vasquez will also make him feel comfy.

  29. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    “It remains to be seen who his best buddy will be with Melky gone”

    Melky may not have been a good influence. It might be best for Cano’s maturity to go it alone.

  30. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Al,
    My worries about Cano in the outfield is. Cano is the slowest skinny guy iv ever seen. Would he be able to cover much ground out there? He needs to check into getting some new fast shoes or get into some speed agility training program in the offseason(Maybe have Posada tag along).

  31. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 10th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Erin, you do? LOL I Love it when he just shoves the cookies in his mouth and the crumbs get all over the place (that’s me when I’m hungry!)

  32. MTU February 10th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Betsy-

    You should have grabbed that snowblower and blanket when you had the chance. ;)

  33. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Cano isn’t moving to the OF.

  34. MTU February 10th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Question:

    I’ve heard it said on here that when Cano was in the minors he was not considered that much of a prospect. Is that true ?

  35. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 10th, 2010 at 6:57 pm
    Erin, you do? LOL I Love it when he just shoves the cookies in his mouth and the crumbs get all over the place (that’s me when I’m hungry!)

    *************************
    Yes I do, is it pathetic for me to admit that? lol I have a lot of Sesame Street songs (mostly of my all time favorites Ernie and Bert) I always start craving cookies whenever I seem him eat too :)

  36. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Wasnt Cano a .280 hitter in the minors and was suppose to be packaged to Arizona for Johnson or Schilling at one time?

  37. tampayank February 10th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    big Cano fan, love that smooth swing

  38. Tom in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    BA had Cano as the #2 prospect for the Yanks in ’04:

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....nkees.html

  39. MTU February 10th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    S.o.S-

    The trades you dont make …….

  40. pat February 10th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    This scares me.

    http://www.youtube.com/profile.....sherTV#g/u

  41. roundabout February 10th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Cano is a veteran after five years in the league. A good young back up or utility player is fine.
    Lets hope Cano stays healthy and continues to improve

  42. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 10th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    GB, thank you ! LOL That was great – I have to show my father that clip; I’m sure he hasn’t heard the song in years. I see that the Muppets did a version of the Devil went down to Georgia – another great song.

    MTU, forget it – I stayed in the house all day; I was not going out with the snowblower, lol. I appreciate the offer, though, lol.

    Erin, no it’s not pathetic at all. One of my favorite songs ever is the Rainbow Song from the Muppet Movie.

  43. Brad s77 February 10th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I’d take both Aaron Hill and Ben Zubrist of Tampa over Cano, as well as Utley, and perhaps Dustin Pedroia.

  44. SJ44 February 10th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Cano will never see a day in his career as an OF.

  45. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Wow! To think Duncan was the #1 prospect just a few years ago is mind boggling. Cashman and gand have rebuilt this farm system in no time. Noticed Clippard being the best control. He reminds me of Kennedy. Great control till he faces mlb hitters. If young pitchers would only trust their stuff.

  46. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    “Wasnt Cano a .280 hitter in the minors and was suppose to be packaged to Arizona for Johnson or Schilling at one time?”

    Randy Levine handled those negotiations and reportedly offered them both Cano and Wang. They declined.

  47. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    btw, It was for Johnson, not Schilling.

  48. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 10th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Erin, no it’s not pathetic at all. One of my favorite songs ever is the Rainbow Song from the Muppet Movie.

    **********************
    That’s good-I didn’t think so (and I know Erica doesn’t ;) ), but I wanted to get another opinion.

    I love “Rainbow Connection”-that’s a beautiful song.

  49. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    SJ,
    I mentioned Tabata earlier today. Do you see Sanchez playing on the same team with Tabata in the near future? If so, i would be interested in getting the inside scoup on him in regards to his attitude and what kind of teammate he is. It seemed like it was one of the main reasons why they pulled the trigger and unloaded him from our system.

  50. SJ44 February 10th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    When Ben Zobrist has more than one good offensive year, you can then compare him to Cano.

    Defensively, he’s nit even close to Cano.

    Hill, Utley and Pedroia are the only guys in the conversation with him at this time.

  51. MTU February 10th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Cano is so smooth he makes silk seem rough.

  52. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    MTU
    February 10th, 2010 at 7:15 pm
    Cano is so smooth he makes silk seem rough

    *************************
    Love it. :D

  53. SJ44 February 10th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    SOS,

    if he does, it probably won’t be until next year.

    Only way that changes is if Tony finishes this year in AA and Tabata is still in AA for some reason.

  54. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 10th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Erin, I think it’s beautiful, too. I love the Muppet Movie and the Great Muppet Caper, lol. Kermit riding a bike and trying to escape becoming Kentucky Fried Frog is classic (in the former movie).

  55. Pat M. February 10th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    sj, I left a post for you yesterday regarding Tony…I had lunch with a few baseball people one of which was B. Mayne…..He indirected inticated that clubs will be keeping an eye on Tony and his rise through the Pirates system….Bottom line is that several Organizations will be looking to obtain him in a few years…..As you know, quality 2 way catchers are gold…….

  56. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Cano is so smooth he makes silk seem rough.

    =======

    Cano would be so rough in the outfield he would make my 5 o’clock shadow seem smooth.

  57. MTU February 10th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Most players who had Cano’s career line would already be considered a big success but Cano’s cieling is so high he still has room to improve.

    That’s saying something.

    This year Cano shows his “Macho”.

  58. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Pat M

    Mayne’s blog got some pub today:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......g.html.php

  59. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 10th, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    Erin, I think it’s beautiful, too. I love the Muppet Movie and the Great Muppet Caper, lol. Kermit riding a bike and trying to escape becoming Kentucky Fried Frog is classic (in the former movie).

    ************************
    Those are both great movies. I think Muppets Take Manhattan will always be my favorite-probably because that was the first Muppet movie I ever saw. I could watch all three over and over again.

  60. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 10th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I like Cano, but until he gets over his mental block or whatever it is that prevents him from hitting higher than 6th, he’s never going to be the superstar that so many think he can be (or already is).

  61. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 10th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I’ve only seen Muppets Take Manhattan in bits and pieces – it’s cute, but since I dislike Miss Piggy, I’m hardly thrilled at her and Kermit getting married, lol

  62. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    MTU,
    With Cano,patients is a virtue. Even though we had arguements last offseason when the trade Cano for Kemp came up. Cano’s batting avg. is better the sooner he swings the bat. Something like .350 first pitch, .320 second and a sharp decline after that. IMO, he wont win the batting title till he learns how to not be trigger happy. I thought i saw signs the beginning of last year when he was drawing more walks.

  63. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 10th, 2010 at 7:26 pm
    I’ve only seen Muppets Take Manhattan in bits and pieces – it’s cute, but since I dislike Miss Piggy, I’m hardly thrilled at her and Kermit getting married, lol

    ************************
    You don’t like Miss Piggy??? You have that in common with GB-I don’t think he likes her either.

    I love her. :)

  64. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I care more about Cano’s OPS than I do about his AVG.

  65. MTU February 10th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    S.o.S-

    Increasing power.

    Gold Glove defense.

    The trajectory seems postive.

    The key for Robbie is to get off to a quick start.

    He seems to to really pour it on as the weather warms up.

    At this point, I think his batting approach is what is. He has so much natural talent. it’s amazing.

  66. nature boy February 10th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    todays granderson interview on jim rome
    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4903822

  67. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    So i see a headline on SI that says Derek Jeter New Yorks repeat chances. So i click into it expected to read some Jeter quotes and all it has is “I like the team that we have.” 2 things. Where does that translate to i like our chances to repeat and is there any other superstar on earth that gives the media the least amount to work with? With all his one liners, he should teach a class of how to work with the media and not say the wrong things right after writing the book on what lines to use to land a Maxim girl/s.

  68. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 10th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Erin, lol, not really. I mean, she’s funny, but she’s too much of a fashion plate/drama queen for me. I love Animal the best, lol

  69. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Betsy – Romine wasn’t built in a day
    February 10th, 2010 at 7:40 pm
    Erin, lol, not really. I mean, she’s funny, but she’s too much of a fashion plate/drama queen for me. I love Animal the best, lol

    ************************
    I love Animal. He’s one of my favorite drummers. ;)

  70. Erin February 10th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I’m off for the night, I have a very busy evening of watching TV/catching up on my DVR ahead of me. lol

    Have a great night everyone!!

  71. hardwired February 10th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    nice column on Thames (apologies if it’s already been posted):

    http://detroitnews.com/article.....rtant-list

    for those not inclined to check out the link, the quick-and-dirty:

    “Thames hit 99 home runs for the Tigers. But he hit them in just 1,463 at-bats.

    That’s one home run for every 14.8 at-bats.

    Nobody in the Tigers’ history — at least no one with at least 1,500 plate appearances — ever hit home runs with more frequency per at-bat than Thames.

    Cecil Fielder hit a home run once for every 15 at-bats. He ranks second.

    Hank Greenberg hit a home run once for every 15.7 at-bats. He ranks third.

    Darrell Evans hit a home run once for every 16.7 at-bats. He ranks fourth.

    And Rocky Colavito hit a home run once for every 16.8 at-bats. He ranks fifth.”

  72. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    “writing the book on what lines to use to land a Maxim girl/s.”

    He’s Derek Jeter. He makes over $20m a year. He doesn’t have to say anything.

  73. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    nature boy,
    Thanks for the link. Iv never really heard Granderson one on one. Is it a coincedence that all these new signings in the past coupld years like C.C., Teix, Swish, Granderson have been very good clubhouse people? Not like the days of Mondesi, Brown, Johnson.

    Rich,
    Point taken.

  74. lets go yankees February 10th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Rich in NJ
    February 10th, 2010 at 6:55 pm
    “It remains to be seen who his best buddy will be with Melky gone”

    Melky may not have been a good influence. It might be best for Cano’s maturity to go it alone.

    ————————

    What makes you say Melky may not have been a good influence or that Cano is immature?

  75. Y's Guy February 10th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    hardwired, you didnt mention the difference in parks, fielder, greenberg colivito and evans hit at that rate in tiger stadium, thames in comerica! i love the idea of thames power on the bench for the yankees this year.

  76. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    hardwired,
    Good stuff. Im rooting for him to make the team. Hopefully he doesnt press too much at the plate coming back to where it all started for him.

  77. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    lgy

    “What makes you say Melky may not have been a good influence or that Cano is immature?”

    That video on the net of a shirtless Melky with Mary Carey.

    I’m not saying Cano is immature. Only that most young people need to mature (not that the need to do so stops as you age).

  78. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    So im reading the best and worst pitching gambles of the offseason. Look who makes the best and then you wouldnt believe who makes the worst.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

    Maybe its a good thing we kept Montero.

  79. lets go yankees February 10th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    GreenBeret7
    February 10th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Given age and cost, the only 2nd baseman I’d take over Cano is Aaron Hill, both offense and defense. Utley is too expensive and his defense was pretty shakey in the PS. Is he losing part of that game?

    ———————-

    Aaron Hill is not better than Cano offensively. I do not know what the obsession with Aaron Hill is. He has had one good season in which the only thing he excelled at offensively was hitting HRs. Cano has had 3 offensive seasons so far that were better than Hill’s best season.

    Utley only makes 12 million more over the next 4 seasons than Cano. Utley is worth WAY more than 12 million over 4 seasons as compared to Cano.

    To infer that one of the best defensive 2b in baseball is losing that part of the game based on a few poor plays is crazy.

  80. lets go yankees February 10th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    “That video on the net of a shirtless Melky with Mary Carey.”

    ———————–

    I have a feeling that Melky Cabrera is not the only baseball player to ever be shirtless in a hotel room with a woman or even more specifically a porn star.

  81. nature boy February 10th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 10th, 2010 at 7:52 pm
    nature boy,
    Thanks for the link. Iv never really heard Granderson one on one. Is it a coincedence that all these new signings in the past coupld years like C.C., Teix, Swish, Granderson have been very good clubhouse people? Not like the days of Mondesi, Brown, Johnson.
    Rich,
    Point taken.
    ———————————–
    as long as curtis produces, he may be on his way to jeter-like love amongst the media and fans. i don’t think anyone realizes how huge he could be in ny.

  82. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    “I have a feeling that Melky Cabrera is not the only baseball player to ever be shirtless in a hotel room with a woman or even more specifically a porn star.”

    I would hope the others have been with better looking ones.

  83. CC Rider February 10th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Terry Francona (Red Sox manager) gave some nice praise to Mo and Jeter yesterday:

    Question: Does Mariano Rivera remain the toughest guy to face in the ninth inning?

    Francona: I would say so. He’s done it for such a long time and he’s been so consistent. He’s set the bar so high and he just stays at that bar. We’ve probably been the one team that’s beat him a few times, but we’ve also seen him a few more times. But when you see him in the game, believe me, nobody’s excited. That means they probably have the lead, and more often than not, you’re going to lose. We’ve gotten to him a couple of times, but he’s certainly one of the best that’s ever done it.

    Question: It’s the ninth inning, you’re up by one, and there are runners at second and third. Who’s the last guy in the league you want to see at the plate?

    Francona: (Derek) Jeter. Definitely Jeter. He wills himself to beat you (for) all the reasons you respect him as a player. You don’t want him to have anything to do with the outcome of the game.

    http://www.dailypress.com/spor.....0931.story

  84. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    “I have a feeling that Melky Cabrera is not the only baseball player to ever be shirtless in a hotel room with a woman or even more specifically a porn star.”

    =======

    Alex disagrees. Trainers do not count.

    Rich,
    I would have gone with the “they party all night together and proceed to play the next day with a hangover” route.

  85. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    At least until recently, the last guy I would want to see up in that situation was Manny.

  86. CR9 February 10th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

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  87. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    S.o.S.

    That works.

  88. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    but he’s certainly one of the best that’s ever done it.

    =====

    One of the best? Let me guess, right behind Hansen and Pappleblown? Gammons must have rubbed off on him.

    As far as the Jeter question. I think he would have said Manny if they didnt despise him as much.

  89. Y's Guy February 10th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    sos, i totally agree about halladay. i lived in philly the last few years and kind of adopted them as my nl team, but when the ‘trade’ went down i couldnt see what he phils had accomplished. sure halladay is great but they gave up 3 excellent pitching prospects and $6M to upgrade from cliff lee to roy halladay. thats alot! And then to cover thier investment, the extended halladay past his 36th birthday at $20M per year.

    listen, halladay is great it’s just a question of the cost. Consider that during the season last year, the Phillies turned down a trade for Halladay because they wouldn’t give up Drabek and D’Arnoud for him. But they traded lesser talent for Lee, then realized that Lee was probably going to become a FA and had to scramble to recoup something more for the talent they gave up, so they did the best they could with a bad situation. But it’s still a risky move.

  90. lets go yankees February 10th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Rich,

    I would have gone with the “they party all night together and proceed to play the next day with a hangover” route.

    —————–

    This is a joke right? What am I missing?

  91. Y's Guy February 10th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    ok its probably blasphemy to say this, but i think francona is an excellent manager and a genuinly nice guy. I’d still take Joe G. and Scocia over him, but he rates very high with me.

  92. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Y’s guy,
    We both agree that Holliday is better than Lee. He’s been the most consistant pitcher in all of baseball for quite sometime. Coming from the al east, he’s only going to get better. I see him being well worth C.C. money unless he gets injured. Now as far as the prospects they gave up. I honestly dont know much about them. Were they equal to us giving up Montero and maybe Ajax?

    lets go yankees,
    That was an on going arguement a couple years back that the Yankees should split those two becuase of the off the field partying. I think Giambi was also in it.

  93. lets go yankees February 10th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    “That was an on going arguement a couple years back that the Yankees should split those two becuase of the off the field partying. I think Giambi was also in it.”

    ———————-

    Do you have any evidence of this? And even if you do, I am sure Cano could find someone in NYC to go out and party with. Melky’s departure will have no impact on the partying you claim he does.

  94. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I concur Y’s guy. I would like to see how good Scocia is going to be this year his angels losing some of their key players from the past and Seattle, Texas looking stonger. If he wins that division again, he is at the top of that list IMO.

  95. Rich on the 6 train February 10th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Cano is young and only getting better. It will be interesting to see how he does without his buddy.

  96. Pat M. February 10th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Robinson Cano will have a career year in 2010….He’ll finally quiet the critics and fulfill the promise many of us saw when he first hit the bigs……He’ll no longer be a 2nd tier Yankee

  97. Y's Guy February 10th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    i’m not up on the prospect lists, but i believe both drabek and D’Arnoud were top-flight pitching prospects and I’d say they would be considered to be a much better package than montero and ajax would have been. Of course, position players tend to be somewhat easier to project than pitchers, but with the prices being paid for top tier pitching, young prospects who will be under team’s control seem to be the most valuable asset a team has. If Roy is Roy for 3 seasons, thats all they need regardless of what the prospects do, they have an awesome young offense and hammels is going to be an excellent #2, so its probably a great deal, but they would have done much better to just make the trade with the blue jays last year, it would have cost them alot less overall.

  98. S.o.S. February 10th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    lets go yankees,
    I could care less. I wasnt on any side at the time, nor am i now. The arguement about one night in a hotel room isnt much to talk about. I was just informing you that this subject has been touched upon on this blog and that there was people that strongly believed it effected them.

  99. Tarheelyank February 10th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Tarrrrrr Heels

    Ok, I am leaving now.

  100. Camilo Gerardo February 10th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Cano is the man. Hopefully he will work on his agility this offseason. If he added just a little speed, he’d be a beast of a player

  101. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    ” Melky’s departure will have no impact on the partying you claim he does.”

    How do you know that?

  102. pat February 10th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    The Cano/Melky party angle is a nice story but based on what fact?

    If Cano wants to play, he’ll find a new playmate and if he didn’t want to play in the past, he wouldn’t have.

    If Melky has a great year in Atlanta is the assumption then that Cano was the bad influence? :wink:

  103. Melkman is in Hotlanta February 10th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Cano can only get better? He is in his prime and isn’t going to get better offensively. He will be sad without the Melkman covering his back.

  104. Melkman is in Hotlanta February 10th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    The Melkman is going to have a great year in Atlanta period! We are talking transformation just like Raul Mondesi.

  105. blake February 10th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Cano is the second best 2B in baseball and could challenge Utley over the next couple years for the top spot.

    GO Heels! Beat dook!

  106. Chad Jennings February 10th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    One last post for the night. That free agent crowd is getting thin.

  107. Melkman is in Hotlanta February 10th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Cano works hard but he will only have to work harder as his youth covers a lot of his sins (looking too relaxed on the field). He will have to increase off season workouts.

  108. DaSaint February 10th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Cano will miss Melky, but it shouldn’t affect his performance. I just hope Melky gets to stay on the Braves, and doesn’t get moved again.

  109. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Oh trust me. He’s a bad seed. He’s a horrible seed. He’s one of the worst seeds I’ve ever seen.

  110. Sports Geek February 10th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    ((Keeping my comments under the relevant post))

    1. Thanks Chad for this series. I’m keeping links to each for reference during the season. Great!

    2. About best-case scenario- I would add that in my best case, I would want Robbie to have more BB’s to increase his OBP, AND I would want better AVG with RISP. If he did made major strides on both of those, he might be an MVP candidate.

  111. Gardner in CF February 11th, 2010 at 9:33 am

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