Could Robinson Cano add yet another potent bat to the Detroit Tigers’ lineup next season? ESPN Buster Olney says it’s possible, listing Detroit as one of the teams with the means to land Cano, should the superstar second baseman opt to leave New York in free agency.
Owner Mike Ilitch is aggressive and wants to win a championship, and while the team’s priority must soon be about signing Miguel Cabrera to his next contract, Ilitch has shown he’s willing to expand his budget.
The Tigers already lead the American League in runs and batting average this year, so the prospect of slotting Cano either in front of Miguel Cabrera or behind the Cabrera-Prince Fielder duo is one that no doubt would be appealing. Still, Cano figures to command a massive contract, and the Tigers have their own free-agent 2B to deal with in Omar Infante.
Plus, if the Tigers are prepared to spend massive amounts of money on Cano, would they be better served to swing their financial focus back on Max Scherzer before he hits free agency after 2014? Scherzer, who’s 19-1 and headed toward a Cy Young award, could cash in big time next summer.
Detroit’s options at second behind Infante are sensational, though the organization is high on Hernan Perez. Though Perez has some upside, he obviously is not in the same stratosphere right now as Cano. The Yankees will do whatever they can to keep Cano in the Bronx, but AL Central pitchers might be shaking already at the thought of Cano and Cabrera together.