Now that the mega-trade has been finalized with Ian Kinsler going to the Detroit Tigers and Prince Fielder heading to the Texas Rangers, the ramifications don’t only affect the teams which orchestrated the deal, but the whole free agent market — most notably Robinson Cano. Robby was supposedly on both of these teams’ radars, but now they have the second base hole filled up.
The Rangers can move their uber-prospect Jurickson Profar to second base and keep Elvis Andrus at shortstop to combine for one of the best young middle infield in all of baseball. The Tigers now have Kinsler as their everyday second baseman, which was a position they needed to fill with Omar Infante becoming a free agent at the end of 2013.
This severely deflates Cano’s market value because what drives up prices is competition, and these two teams had the money to spend on him. This is great news for the New York Yankees, because this trade can only drive Cano’s cost down with the Rangers and Tigers almost certainly out of the bidding for his services. It seems like an absolute certainty that the Yanks and Cano will reunite as no other teams are rumored to be seriously interested in him.
The New York Mets did have a meeting with Cano recently, but I don’t believe that they can outbid the Yanks for the All-Star. Going to Queens would also be a detriment to not only the possibility of him winning another championship, but also his market value because the Yankees are and have always been the big brother of the two teams. This huge trade not helps the two teams involved, but will also help the Yankees re-sign their homegrown superstar.