New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano will be a free agent after the 2013 season and the Chicago Cubs would be foolish to not at least try to acquire the All-Star. Yes, the last time the Cubs spent mega bucks on a former Yankees 2B, it crippled them financially (or so they say). However, if Alfonso Soriano can be traded and relieve the Cubs of some of that cash burden, then it would be the perfect time to try and acquire Cano.
Don’t get me wrong, Darwin Barney is a fine player, but receiving Cano would be like trading in your reliable Honda Civic that you’ve only had for a couple of years for a Ferrari. There’s just no question that he would make the team better immediately. To make them even more serious about going after him, they could even package Barney in a deal with Soriano this season to leave him a spot open and not feel bad about benching Barney in 2014.
This may be all a pipe dream, though. The Cubs appear to be looking more cautious with huge contracts in the future, but that’s not the way to go. Signing young and cheap players may make for a cute movie about Billy Beane, but in real life, the highly-paid mega stars are the ones that pull in World Series titles. If the Ricketts family is serious about building a contender, the Sabermetric gimmick can only take you so far. I would be willing to bet my first-born child that Cano is more likely to win a World Series MVP title in his career than Barney, David DeJesus or Nate Schierholtz.
If the team is serious about building for the future, they are going to have to sprinkle some proven All-Stars in with the young guns and Cano would be the perfect place to start for 2014.
Korey Beckett is a Baseball Writer for RantSports.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or comments.