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10/22/1982 (34 y, 4 m)
$240M / 10 Years (2014 - 2023)
Cano, who will be a part of Team Dominican in the WBC for the third time, is looking to build on what was a career-best season in 2016, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. (2/9/2017)
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Year in Review:
Cano was criticized for his work ethic and lackadaisical attitude after finishing the 2008 season with a career-low .271/.305/.410 batting line. He answered those critics with a loud statement in 2009, posting a .320 batting average, .352 OBP, and a .520 slugging percentage. It was the most prolific offensive season of his four-year career and put to bed the idea that he might be a "bust." Cano has never posted a better ISO than the .199 mark he produced in 2009 and he matched a career-high with five stolen bases. He also struck out at a career-low rate of 9.9% and showed a slight improvement on defense. It was an impressive season, especially from a fantasy perspective, and especially at a position where production is scarce.
The Year Ahead:
The 2006 season represented Cano's introduction to the baseball world, and it was one heck of a meet-and-greet, but 2009 was truly his breakout into fantasy realms. He collected a career-high 25 home runs, scored a career-high 103 runs, and knocked a career-best 48 doubles. Ignoring his disappointing 2008 might be a tough task, but keep in mind that Cano has missed a total of six games over the past three seasons and delivers sensational numbers as a second baseman. He also has the privilege of hitting in a lineup filled with hit-producing machines. Cano shouldn't last long in fantasy drafts. Don't lose him in the shuffle of Yankees going high this season. (Drew Silva)
Cano eviscerated pitchers in 2010, leading all second baseman with a .389 wOBA while hitting .319/.381/.534. Pulling 25 of his career-best 29 home runs, Cano established a new personal best in ISO (.214). A positive development for his power output was a lower ground-ball rate -- Cano hit a grounder 44.2% of the time in 2010, which is right around the MLB average and far lower than his 49.5% career clip entering the year. Hitting more fly balls (36.5% in 2010, 31.2% career rate entering the season), Cano did more damage when he lofted a pitch. He slugged .827 on fly balls, compared to .684 from 2005 to 2009. Cano's walk rate also spiked to 8.2%, though much of that can be ascribed to 14 intentional walks (his unintentional walk rate was 6.2%). His 2010 production likely represents his offensive ceiling. But Cano is a second baseman with an aggressive plate approach that works due to plus pop, few whiffs and a career BABIP over .320. He won't steal bases, but he'll be a key contributor in every other category. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
Even if he doesn't flirt with 30 homers again next season, Cano is an elite draft choice whose only real competition for best second baseman in the game is Chase Utley. Expect some regression, but Cano will nonetheless remain a superb hitter at a position where power is hard to find.
Cano didn’t retain the modest boost in walks that he enjoyed in 2010, as an increase in outside swing rate (from 37 to a Vlad-esque 42 percent) lowered his rate of free passes taken from 8.2 to 5.6 percent. The ebullient lefty swinger did have the best power season of his career, though, belting 28 home runs and leading all second basemen with a .231 isolated slugging percentage. Since 2009, he’s been a first base-worthy hitter playing at an up-the-middle spot. While Cano has never been known for speed, he did take eight bases in 10 tries, also a career best. At 29, Cano is in the prime of his career and plays in a park well suited to his high-contact, high power hacking. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
Cano doesn’t have the plate discipline or wheels of a Kinsler, Pedroia or Zobrist, but his elite slugging makes him a top-three option at the keystone.
Already being drafted as a top-tier middle infield option, Cano actually improved on his numbers in 2012. While counting stats such as homers and runs experienced a boost, the underlying peripherals look even better. His walk rate jumped from 5.6% in 2011 to 8.8% in 2012 and his line drive rate climbed to absurd new heights (25.6%). It's tough to find flaws in Cano's game -- arguably the worst that
Mike Petriello was able to come up with was the appearance of some left/right splits in 2012
, although since Cano hasn't really exhibited a long history of them, it's tough to assume that they will be predictive going forward. He also struggled in the postseason, putting up a paltry .223 OPS in 40 at bats, but his playoff-career .800 OPS coming into 2012 seems to imply that small sample and not that stage fright was his biggest demon. Regardless, it will be a huge upset if Cano fell out of the first round like he sometimes has done in previous years -- he's probably a reach in the first five picks overall, but should return solid value anywhere after that. (
The Quick Opinion:
Cano actually improved on his already-elite numbers in 2012, seeing upticks in homers, runs, and even his walk rate. Still in the prime of his career heading into his age-30 season, Cano's combination of power and average, as well as the potent Yankee lineup around him, have him locked in as the top option at second base.
Though Cano failed to crack the 30-home run barrier for a second consecutive season, a year with a .314 average (his fifth-straight .300-plus year), 27 home runs and 107 RBI was more than enough to maintain his spot atop the second baseman rankings in any fantasy format. He even improved both his walk and strikeout rates and the consistency with which he plays makes him one of the more reliable players in the game. Free agency carried Cano across the country and he'll now man the keystone for the Seattle Mariners in 2014 thanks to a 10-year, $240M deal, a contract size seen only by the likes of Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols. There is a general concern that, with the way Safeco Field plays to left-handed hitters and the lack of a strong surrounding lineup, Cano's numbers will suffer in 2014, but considering the consistency of his plate discipline, the number of no-doubt home runs hes hit and the 403.9 average true distance of his homers, he should have little trouble posting offensive totals well within the range of his career averages. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
After a fifth consecutive season star season, Cano moves from the city that never sleeps to the Pacific Northwest. While many believe that his offensive production will suffer in his new surroundings, Cano's outstanding plate discipline and raw power should allow him to continue his assault on American League pitching. He remains the top dog at the position and is well worth that early first-round draft choice it will require to attain his services.
Robinson Cano’s first season away from the New York Yankees was a successful one, though certain aspects of the superstar’s game didn’t make their way to Seattle with him. A former Home Run Derby champion who averaged 28 homers a year in his last five seasons in pinstripes, Cano hit just 14 ding-dongs in his first year as a Mariner, and hit the fewest doubles since his 2008 campaign; Cano maintained a .314 batting average, however, turning some of those doubles and dongers into singles. With his power diminished, he was merely a very good fantasy second baseman last year instead of a superstar, finishing sixth in his position and 30th overall in standard mixed league value. Cano’s slugging percentage was actually better in Safeco field last season than it was on the road, so it’s hard to attribute the left-handers loss of power simply to a less-than-helpful change of scenery; instead, it simply could be a product of age, or even just a bit of a fluke season. If Cano can regain some of his pop and hit even 20 homers, he won’t be back amongst the elite, but he will jump back into the top 24. Cano isn’t worth a first round pick anymore, but he’s worthy of consideration in the second, especially if your league employs a Middle Infield slot. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Cano lost some of his power last season, and his home/road splits suggest it wasn’t due to Safeco field. Cano isn’t a first rounder anymore, but he should go off the board by the end of the second.
Robinson Cano’s 2015 was a tale of two seasons. In the first half of the year, Cano hit .251 with just six homers and looked pretty darn toast. In the second half, though, Cano bounced back beautifully, hitting .331 with 15 jacks. Outside of the power surge, Cano struck out less and walked less in the second half, and did it all while nursing a sports hernia. All things considered, Cano ended the year with nearly a .290 average and more than 20 homers, plus 161 combined runs and RBI, making him an excellent fantasy second baseman. With surgery this offseason, Cano should be in line to repeat 2015 -- the full season, not the incredible second half -- as he’s surprisingly just 33 years old. With Adam Lind and Nori Aoki now in the fold, and a full season of Ketel Marte, there’s now a better lineup around Cano; it won’t match the lineups the Yankees put around him at his peak, but it will do just nicely. Cano’s no longer a lock to be a top-three second baseman, but he can still fight for one of the those spots below Jose Altuve. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Robinson Cano really struggled in the first half of last year, but he turned things around after the break. Now fully healthy, Cano will be a quality fantasy second baseman again in 2016.
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Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:35 AM ET
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