Why Robinson Cano going to Seattle is no big deal for a Yankee fan

Robinson Cano holds a bat prior to a game betw...

Robinson Cano holds a bat prior to a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 28, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does Robinson Cano need the money? I know it’s been a very long time since I posted here on The Outfield. Since Winter Storm Hercules has kept me home today, I thought I would share some thoughts.

The obvious answer to my question is no, Cano doesn’t need the money. But does anyone?

Before you say I’m just a bitter Yankee fan ranting about the loss of Cano, I have news for you, I wish him the best in Seattle.

I can’t argue with Cano’s production and what he’s done for the Yankees. On the field, yes, it is a loss, but over the long-term, this is a good move for New York. Time has certainly come for the organization to stop with long-term contracts that handicap the team later on.

I can cite numerous examples of long-term contracts in baseball that will hamper teams’ ability to sign younger, more productive talent. Players have come a long way in compensation, and in many situations to the detriment of a club’s ability to win long-term.

Cano, while a big talent and a household name, didn’t fill the seats. I watched numerous games from the comfort of my couch this past season. Without A-Rod or Jeter, there were many empty seats. If Cano couldn’t fill seats, is his on-field performance truly an asset?

If additions like McCann, Beltran and Ellsbury will attract fans to the Stadium, time will tell. I think they will. The off-season additions will fit with manager Joe Girardi’s desired style of baseball. The Yankees gave out some large contracts to these players, but the value is worth more than a single player.

The business of baseball never ends. Teams want to win championships, but owners want to fill seats. A player’s worth is more than just performance. It is the name on the jersey, the brand that player has become. Cano wasn’t that brand for the Yankees.

As the snow falls, I look forward to the new baseball season. Go Yankees.

Thanks for reading! All comments and feedback are always welcome!



2 thoughts on “Why Robinson Cano going to Seattle is no big deal for a Yankee fan

  1. Hi Vince. One thing that’s for sure, though, is that they’re going to have a hell of a hard time replacing him at second base. Their infield looks potentially terrible this coming year, though the outfield looks good. I think winning is what fills seats, and I’m not sure they’re going to win more than 80-85 games in ’14. Still, if they have a plan to rebuild, and to do so fairly quickly, then I suppose Yankee fans should have a reason to be happy again in the not-too-distant future.
    Take care,

    • Cano is not easily replaceable by any means. Winning does fill seats, but big names do to. Fans want to see players. I am by no means a fan of A-Rod, but he put fans in the seats, maybe for the wrong reasons. At this point I’m concerned with the pitching and the infield, but I’m a big fan of Girardi….for now. He kept that team in contention despite injuries in 2013.

      Maybe I’m too optimistic, but I think the Yanks are on the right path. I feel better about this team than I have in a long time.

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