On-Base Perception

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Mariano Rivera: I'd take Dustin Pedroia over Robinson Cano

Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, embraces Boston

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Mariano Rivera can still throw heat, even in retirement.

The former Yankees closer and MLB all-time saves leader questions former teammate Robinson Cano's passion in a new autobiography -- and even says he'd pick rival Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia over Cano.

"If I have to win one game, I'd have a hard time taking anybody over Dustin Pedroia as my second baseman," Rivera says...

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Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long criticized for Cano comments

Robinson Cano, center, is helped into his new

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New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is sticking up for his $240 million man.

Seattle's skipper criticized Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long for opinions he expressed about Robinson Cano not always hustling to first base on ground balls. Cano was once one of Long’s prized pupils, but the second baseman left the Bronx for Seattle – and a megadeal – in December.

“Last time I checked, I...

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Who will play second base for Yankees?

Tampa Bay Rays' Kelly Johnson, center, is congratulated

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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...

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Robinson Cano tells El Dia he never asked for $300 million

Dominican Republic baseball players, from left, Robinson Cano,

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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...

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All free agent All-Star team

Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves hits a

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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)


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Robinson Cano wins Silver Slugger Award at second base

Robinson Cano of the Yankees looks on from

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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...

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Omar Infante could be reliable backup plan to Robinson Cano

Omar Infante could be a solid backup option

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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...

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Robinson Cano lone Yankees player nominated for Gold Glove

Robinson Cano looks on in the seventh inning

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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...

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