1. His manager likes his Gold Glove chances.
“You talk about plays to the right, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anyone make them better than him,” Joe Girardi said. “His ability to throw the ball on the money when he’s not looking and how he gets the ball, we were very pleased with his defense.”
Girardi said he finds it “hard to believe” anyone played a better second base last season, but he said Jim Leyland probably feels the same way about Placido Polanco.
2. He misses his friend Melky Cabrera.
“I was sad, I’m not going to lie, because he’s my buddy,” Cano said “Hanging out all the time and we go to dinner together, we are always around and it’s a good time. (I told him to) go there, keep your head up and keep playing the game hard. You never know what’s going to happen. He might be back, who knows?”
As for Cabrera’s reaction to the trade: “I spoke to him right after,” Cano said. “I can’t say he was good. He was OK. He didn’t want to be traded, but he said there’s nothing he could do.”
3. He wants to be better with runners in scoring position.
“That’s one of the things I’m going to work on with men on base, be patient and swing at a ball that I can drive,” Cano said.
Cano hit just .207 with runners in scoring position last year, but Girardi wasn’t upset with his approach in those situations. “There was a streak when he had made about 10 or 11 outs in a row with runners in scoring position, and he hit nine bullets,” Girardi said. “Over the long term that usually irons itself out, but when you don’t have 600,000 at-bats, it doesn’t iron out. His at-bats, a lot of times were very good with runners in scoring position. I didn’t think he had a lot of luck last year”
Here’s the Cano audio.