Jul 10, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) singles to left against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Deadline: New York Yankees in Full Sell-Mode with Robinson Cano on Trade Block?

If there is one bright spot in the the New York Yankees lineup this year amid the myriad of injuries and ineffectiveness, it’s Robinson Cano. Much has been made this season about his impending free agency and the defection from super agent Scott Boras to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation sports agency. There’s also been a corner of the baseball world who thinks the Yankees might trade their All-Star second baseman to help supplement their future.

According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN, teams have inquired on Robinson Cano’s availability. Marchand didn’t specifically name any teams in his piece, but it’s safe to assume that many teams would vie for Cano’s services. He possesses a rare gift of hitting for both average and power while playing at a predominately defensive position.

As for the haul, it would likely take an elite prospects along with a few good prospects to even entertain a deal. It was only a few seasons ago the New York Mets were given Zack Wheeler in exchange for an old, injury-prone, but productive Carlos Beltran, which was only for half a season. Before the season began, the Los Angeles Dodgers were rumored to be monitoring Cano’s availability throughout the year.

The 30-year-old slugger is hitting .302/.386/.531 (144 wRC+) with 21 home runs and 65 RBI, despite having little in the way of protection in the lineup this season. The hacking Cano has given way to a more patient version, as he has seen his walk rate jump from 5.6% in 2011, to 8.8% in 2012, to this year’s 11.7% in 409 plate appearances.

The Yankees currently sit in fourth place and six games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. However, they are only three games out of the Wild Card chase. Much can change in the next few weeks as their upcoming schedule is brutal with stops in Boston, Texas, then back home to take on the Rays, before a West Coast trip. With how the Yankees limped into the All-Star Break, going 3-4 against the Twins and Royals at Yankee Stadium, the club might either be desperate and overpay for help or unload some of their better talent for a chance to make a better foundation for the future.

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  • Aaron Somers

    I’ll admit that there’s some appeal to trading Cano if the team can a) get some viable prospects back in return and b) is convinced that they can’t re-sign him. I don’t see a move happening though. Given the team’s age and injury history, they almost have to re-sign Cano so that there is a piece to build the next chapter in the organization’s history around.

    • Jimmy Kraft

      Yeah, I mean the Yankees would have to be blown away by a deal for them to give trading Cano a second thought. For instance, I think it would take a prospect like Xander Bogaerts, Miguel Sano, Gerrit Cole or an Oscar Taveras to even open up talks.

      I just can’t see the Yankees doing it. Especially since it’s difficult as it is now to fill the seats, losing Cano will only compound the issue.

      • Aaron Somers

        Well put. And none of those four players are going to be available, particularly not to the Yankees for Cano.

  • tillzen

    The Yankees are a puzzle and the average fans without the access the media has are left to wonder where we are headed? I am constantly puzzled, asking myself what does this or that mean? Is their new frugality about profits or have the Steinbrenner spawn seen the writing on the wall regarding baseball and its future as a profitable monopoly? From the outside looking in, MLB seems to now and forever be offering the best chance to print money money only when you sell. A fool like Frank McCord gets to tag the next egomaniac and say “Tag, you’re it, enjoy the debt.” Is this the new “normal”? And so it dawned on me that maybe this 2013 behavior is the New York Yankees preparing to be sold? I wish I knew enough to do more than just guess.

    • Jimmy Kraft

      That’s an interesting take. I’m starting to believe that they are just trying to stay away from bad contracts. Paying Cano for seven years will likely include three or four of his declining years. The Yankees, as they are presently constructed, are not built for a World Series run in the next few years. Playoff team? Sure. But not a World Series team. Now, do you (over)pay a player like that when your team is built like it is?

      That has been the Yankees modus operandi for years, is to overpay players in their declining years (ARod, Randy Johnson, Kevin Brown, and Derek Jeter, to some extent, for example) and it’s going to take a little bit of a culture change to get themselves out of it. The way I see it is this, The Boss brought the Yankees back from a crummy club to the most valuable franchise in the world. At some point, all that (wasteful) spending has to give way to a more balanced way of spending. All good businesses do this, they need to trim the fat and evolve with the times when the old ways don’t do it anymore.

      I’m looking forward to seeing how the new Yankees are built since many of the would-be FAs in the league are now signing long-term deals with the club who drafted them and avoiding their arbitration years. The landscape is different, can the Yankees evolve with the times and stay on top?

      • Aaron Somers

        The philosophy on spending had to change, yes, but is it possible that this really just boils down to the simple idea that the Steinbrenner sons just simply aren’t cut out to run the team like their father did? I’m not suggesting they can’t run it – and run it well – but we still have a tendency to compare them to their father and perhaps it’s unfair at this point. Times have changed. The team has changed, or at least is heading to change.