New York Yankees‘ Robinson Cano was a finalist for the Gold Glove award for American League second basemen but lost out to the Boston Red Sox‘s Dustin Pedroia. Cano has two of the awards to his name, and winning his third would have been well deserved because, in my opinion, he is the most talented defensive second baseman in the game.
The problem with Cano is that he doesn’t always go the extra mile for balls out of his reach and get dirty, something Pedroia does every chance he gets. The Sox second baseman also had the most defensive runs saved in the majors, 15, and had overall better sabermetric statistics. But Cano still makes the difficult plays look super-humanly easy and has the strongest throwing arm out of all the players at second. He routinely makes the play up the middle, throwing across his body with great velocity, nailing runners at first, which no one else can do without the Derek Jeter patented jump throw.
The good news about Cano not winning the award is that it could have been more leverage for his free-agency negotiations, elevating his asking price, making it even more difficult for the Yankees to re-sign him. The Yankees know how great he is in the field and don’t need the Major Leagues giving him a trophy to vindicate his defensive prowess. Still, his new agency would have used his third Gold Glove as another reason to show why he should, and will, be the most expensive second baseman in history. Either way, it is a priority for the Yanks to retain Cano because he is a superstar that needs to be the face of the franchise for the future, especially with the decline of the other brand names that are bowing down to father time.