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Monday, May 9, 2016

New York second basemen Cano & Murphy thriving ... elsewhere.

Did the Yankees and Mets make fundamental mistakes in not retaining their home grown second basemen Robinson Cano and Daniel Murphy? Cano is the all time Yankee second baseman and Murphy set tournament home run records in 2015.

Each was allowed to become free agents, Cano after the 2013 season, Murphy after 2015. Each is replaced with new players in 2016 and those new players were acquired by trading a pitcher.

Yankees Adam Warren: 3-0, 1.35 ERA, 13 innings for Cubs
December 8, 2015: Traded by the New York Yankees with a player to be named later to the Chicago Cubs for Starlin Castro. The New York Yankees sent Brendan Ryan (December 17, 2015) to the Chicago Cubs to complete the trade.

Mets Jon Niese: 3-1, 5.94 ERA, 33 innings for Pirates
December 9, 2015: Traded by the New York Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Neil Walker.

Both Castro and Walker are hitting well for New York but not as well as Cano and Murphy for Seattle and Washington.
Photo of Robinson CanĂ³Photo of Daniel Murphy
For 2016, Played 50% of games at 2B, (Qualified for league batting title), sorted by greatest Adjusted OPS+

Rk Player OPS+ HR Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Jose Altuve 199 9 2016 26 HOU AL 32 142 123 30 40 14 0 19 16 1 16 3 0 0 4 13 1 .325 .415 .659 1.074 *4/H
2 Robinson Cano 180 12 2016 33 SEA AL 31 138 128 20 39 6 0 33 9 0 17 1 0 0 3 0 0 .305 .355 .633 .988 *4/D
3 Daniel Murphy 179 4 2016 31 WSN NL 30 123 114 20 45 12 2 17 8 1 14 1 0 0 0 1 1 .395 .439 .640 1.079 *4
4 Logan Forsythe 162 4 2016 29 TBR AL 28 121 106 16 33 9 1 12 14 0 26 1 0 0 0 3 2 .311 .397 .528 .925 *4/D
5 Brett Lawrie 138 4 2016 26 CHW AL 32 130 112 16 31 8 0 12 17 1 39 1 0 0 2 2 2 .277 .377 .455 .832 *4
6 Ben Zobrist 134 5 2016 35 CHC NL 28 129 101 21 28 5 0 25 23 1 13 1 1 3 3 1 1 .277 .406 .475 .881 *4/9
7 Ian Kinsler 134 6 2016 34 DET AL 29 134 125 25 38 5 0 17 7 0 20 1 0 1 1 3 1 .304 .343 .488 .831 *4
8 Chase Utley 130 1 2016 37 LAD NL 27 111 94 15 28 6 2 9 14 0 17 3 0 0 0 1 0 .298 .405 .436 .842 *4/H5
9 Rougned Odor 126 6 2016 22 TEX AL 32 131 125 22 37 9 0 20 5 0 22 1 0 0 0 4 1 .296 .328 .512 .840 *4/H
10 Dustin Pedroia 126 5 2016 32 BOS AL 30 142 134 21 41 7 1 16 8 0 22 0 0 0 8 0 0 .306 .345 .485 .830 *4
11 Jean Segura 124 4 2016 26 ARI NL 30 136 130 16 44 6 2 15 4 0 17 2 0 0 0 4 1 .338 .368 .508 .875 *4/6H
12 Starlin Castro 122 3 2016 26 NYY AL 29 114 108 8 32 7 1 12 6 0 15 0 0 0 6 2 0 .296 .333 .463 .796 *4
13 Brandon Phillips 119 6 2016 35 CIN NL 28 112 105 16 30 6 1 16 3 1 15 2 0 2 2 3 3 .286 .313 .533 .846 *4
14 Neil Walker 114 9 2016 30 NYM NL 30 118 112 14 29 1 0 19 6 2 24 0 0 0 3 1 0 .259 .297 .509 .806 *4/H
15 Joe Panik 104 3 2016 25 SFG NL 27 117 105 17 27 4 3 12 11 0 14 0 0 1 1 2 0 .257 .325 .438 .763 *4/H
16 Jonathan Schoop 103 5 2016 24 BAL AL 30 109 105 12 27 6 0 12 4 0 22 0 0 0 3 0 0 .257 .284 .457 .742 *4
17 Josh Harrison 103 1 2016 28 PIT NL 30 125 116 14 37 6 1 17 5 0 18 1 1 2 2 5 0 .319 .347 .414 .761 *4
18 Jed Lowrie 98 0 2016 32 OAK AL 31 122 112 10 34 5 0 17 8 0 18 0 0 2 2 0 0 .304 .344 .348 .692 *4/DH6
19 Brian Dozier 94 4 2016 29 MIN AL 28 124 109 15 24 6 0 14 13 0 20 1 1 0 1 2 0 .220 .309 .385 .694 *4/H
20 DJ LeMahieu 94 2 2016 27 COL NL 29 118 106 18 32 6 1 10 9 1 15 0 2 1 7 5 2 .302 .353 .434 .787 *4/H
21 Jason Kipnis 92 3 2016 29 CLE AL 28 123 111 17 29 6 0 13 9 0 36 0 0 3 6 3 0 .261 .309 .396 .705 *4
22 Cesar Hernandez 75 0 2016 26 PHI NL 29 114 105 8 28 4 2 6 7 0 18 0 2 0 2 2 4 .267 .313 .343 .655 *4
23 Omar Infante 70 0 2016 34 KCR AL 25 96 89 10 22 7 0 4 5 0 17 0 1 1 0 0 0 .247 .284 .326 .610 *4
24 Dee Gordon 69 0 2016 28 MIA NL 21 97 94 13 25 3 2 5 3 0 17 0 0 0 1 6 2 .266 .289 .340 .629 *4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/9/2016.

Their batting ranks among 24 second basemen in 2016:
2. Cano (leads American Conference in HR, RBI
3. Murphy (leads National Conference in Hits)
13. Castro (replaced by Cubs with Ben Zobrist, #6 and 9 years older)
14. Walker (9 HR)

Cano: $24 million for each season 2014-2023 (age 40)
Murphy: $8, $12, $17.5 million (age 33)
Castro: $7.9, $9.9, $10.1, $10.9, $11.9, $16 (team option) million (age 30)
Walker: $10.6 million (age 30); free agent after 2016

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