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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Robinson Cano: is he worth twice his peers?

Robinson Cano appears to want be the highest paid second baseman.  He has already achieved it.

Money figures below are from baseball-reference.com.

Thursday, November 14, 2013  Robinson Cano, where can you go?

Only 9 players.  The 10 wins are 6% of all MVP ...

So second base is the fielding position with the fewest MVP.  And since the back to back wins by Joe Morgan in 1975-1976, there will be 37 seasons and 75 winners, including a tie in 1979, with only three who played second base.  That's 4%.  Clearly second base is not viewed as an impact position...

That hurts Cano who was paid $15 million in 2013, probably more than any second baseman in baseball history.  Cano received $14 million in 2012.

Dustin Pedroia, most recent second base MVP (2007), was paid $10 million in 2013 and $8 million in 2012.

Today The New York Times reiterated that Cano is seeking a contract for $310 million for 10 years and that the Yankees have offered $160, presumably for 7 years.

Dustin Pedroia$13$13$13$15$16$15$13$12
Chase Utley$15$10$15$15$15
Ian Kinsler$16$16$14$11$12
Yank offer$23$23$23$23$23$23$23
Cano demand$31$31$31$31$31$31$31$31$31$31

Kinsler's 2018 is a team option with a $5 million buyout.

Utley's money after 2014 has requirements that he be able to play.

The Yankee offer is way more than any other second baseman is scheduled to receive.  It's understood that new contracts will be for more than those that precede and that Cano is better than his peers.  But is Robinson Cano worth twice his peers?  I'd limit the offer to four years, preferably at $20 million per year, still way more than the others will receive.

Thursday, July 11, 2013  Cano isn't worth a huge contract.

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