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The Yankees may have blunted the loss of Robinson Cano’s offense by signing the likes of Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, but there remains one, glaring issue: None of those players can man second base.
UPDATE: The Yankees have reportedly agreed to a deal with Brian Roberts. Read the story here.
The Yankees have infielder Kelly Johnson on the roster, but their reported...Read more »
Yankees free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano told a newspaper in the Dominican Republic on Thursday that he never asked for $300 million from the Yankees or any other team.
"No one has heard that from my mouth and never will listen, if you're going to talk about anything other than contract," Cano said (via Google Translation from the El Dia report).
A number of source-based...Read more »
Josh Johnson, David Murphy, Tim Hudson and Marlon Byrd are already off the board. Tim Lincecum and Hunter Pence never even got to the shop-around stage.
But there are plenty of enticing free agents left for interested teams to engage.
Of the remaining players on the market, here's the best lineup we could put together (2013 salary in parenthesis):
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF ($9 million)
2....Read more »
Robinson Cano won his fifth American League Silver Slugger Award on Wednesday. It's the fourth straight year he's been honored as the AL's best offensive second baseman. His fifth came in 2006.
Cano was the lone New York player to win a Silver Slugger Award in 2013. He hit .314 with a team-high 27 home runs and 107 RBIs.
The Baltimore Orioles had the most Silver Sluggers of any team...Read more »
The general assumption made by the majority of baseball analysts is that Robinson Cano, arguably the top free agent on the market this Winter, will wind up back in pinstripes.
But assumptions this time of year are dangerous.
After all, who thought Albert Pujols would leave St. Louis to sign with the Angels? Or that Josh Hamilton would also take a mega-deal from the Halos? Or that the...Read more »
Robinson Cano could have one more item to add to his free agent resume now that he's been nominated for what would be his third American League Gold Glove Award at second base.
Cano's advanced defensive metrics this season were hardly overwhelming, but it was a thin AL field. Cano had six Defensive Runs Saved and an 0.8 Ultimate Zone Rating. DRS is the key defensive stat used in the oft-cited...Read more »
It was reported Thursday that soon-to-be free agent Robinson Cano asked the Yankees for a 10-year, $310 million contract, a request the Yankees denied. That Cano is looking to become the highest paid player in baseball history suggests he and his representatives view the slugging second baseman as one of the top players in baseball.
How accurate of a vision is that?
On the surface it...Read more »
Robinson Cano is aiming for a historic contract, according to recent reports.
The Yankees second baseman, who is eligible for free agency this offseason and is considered by most to be the top available player, asked the team for a deal in the range of 10-years, $300 million during negotiations "several months ago," ESPN reported and other outlets confirmed. Joel Sherman reported...Read more »
Alfonso Soriano helped get the Yankees off to a solid start with a three-run home run off of Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ in the first inning of Tuesday's game, but he wasn't done there.
The 37-year-old outfielder slugged a solo shot in his next at-bat in the third inning for his 400th career homer to give the Yankees a then-5-0 lead. With the home run, Soriano passes Andres Galarraga...Read more »
J.A. Happ has done it again.
The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, who hit Curtis Granderson with a pitch during spring training that landed him on the disabled list, drilled Robinson Cano on the hand on an 0-and-2 count in the first inning of Tuesday's game.
Cano managed to stay in the game long enough to take first but was replaced by Eduardo Nunez at second base in the bottom half of the...Read more »