Every game that goes by, the price for New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano‘s services in 2014 and beyond goes up. Tonight Cano simply belted a three run home run and led his team to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Early on Cano is putting up quite a season in his walk year. He is currently batting .322 with seven home runs and 17 runs batted in. This is all taking place without his usual protection in the lineup. Right now he has to be one of the early favorites for the Most Valuable Player Award in the American League.
There is no doubt that Cano is going to get a huge contract from some team by the end of the calendar year. He is one of the game’s best hitters at a position that is scarce in offensive threats. The only second sacker that is even close to Cano’s level is Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees need to be the team that signs him.
If I were general manager Brian Cashman I would get something done on the team’s next off day. On May 2, the Yankees do not have a game scheduled and they are at home. Cashman should bring in Cano and his representatives and hammer out a deal. Cano is who the Yankees need to build around. The days of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte are sadly over. Don’t cry poverty and say the team needs to be under the tax threshold, just get it done. He is homegrown and he needs to stay in pinstripes.