Robinson Cano has heated up in a hurry in this contract year.
After beginning 3 for 23 with no extra-base hits or RBI over the Yankees’ first six games, Cano has hit .385 over his last 16, going 26 for 68 with seven doubles, seven homers, 17 RBI and 14 runs scored. The second baseman is at .319 overall and has yet to make an error in 22 games.
He looks back at his World Baseball Classic run with the champion Dominican Republic as an important element in all this.
“I would say it helped a lot,” Cano said. “… You have to just go out there and play from the first inning to the last and play every game like it’s the last game.”
Cano has batted second 11 times and third 11 times. He doesn’t care where he hits, though.
“I don’t want to be the guy that will be a distraction,” Cano said. “I just go out there and just be happy to be in this lineup and wear this uniform.”
But will he be wearing this uniform after this season? I’ll guess yes. But how many years would you go on a new deal for Cano knowing he turns 31 in October and knowing what has happened with A-Rod’s too-long contract?
Also, here’s the link to my story on Ivan Nova and Francisco Cervelli getting hurt last night against the Blue Jays.