Executives torn on Yankees' Starlin Castro, per report

The Yanks are still trying to replace Robinson Cano Watch video Sweeny Murti of WFAN and CBS wrote Tuesday that baseball executives and scouts seem torn on Yankees' new second baseman Starlin Castro, the 25-year-old who was traded for Adam Warren last December from the Chicago Cubs. Castro is, by almost all measures, an improvement...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Evaluating the Offseason Moves

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images North America 2001 was an incredible year for Seattle Mariners fans, as the team tied the MLB record for single-season wins with an astonishing 116 victories in 162 games. That year’s team ended up losing in the American League Championship Series to the eventual World Series Runner-Up New York Yankees, and the Mariners haven’t been back to the postseason...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano makes hitting a softball look much easier than it is

From the looks of it, Robinson Can has had a fun offseason. In addition to posting a slew of photos from an adventurous vacation on his personal Facebook page back in December, it would appear that Cano spent some time playing for a local softball team in the Dominican Republic in January. Here's a Tweet alluding to that, as well as a video showing Cano using his impeccable pitch...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Exit Velocity, Part III: Applying Meaning to the Data

After first demonstrating that batted ball exit velocity matters, and then establishing that it might stabilize rather quickly and represent an actual repeatable skill, the next step in our exploration of the data is its application. We want to find something that’s predictive and could possibly provide clues for future performance. In the second part of this series, we looked...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Infield

We’re just over two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting, live footage from the complex down in sunny Arizona beginning to pepper ESPN and fill the MLB Network, and our first looks at the Seattle Mariners’ mostly turned-over roster. Last week I discussed the Mariners’ starting pitchers, looking at some of the strengths, weaknesses and who of the group could end up...
Via Oregon Sports News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz, Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera prevented from competing in Caribbean home run derby

The Caribbean Series’ first annual home run derby sounded like a great idea, especially given that MLB stars Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, and David Ortiz were set to participate. Then the MLB Players Association came and ruined the fun, banning that starry trio from participating in the contest. Here’s party-pooping MLBPA executive director Tony Clark’s explanation, via...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

MLBPA pulls plug on slugging trio participating in Caribbean HR Derby

David Ortiz, Miguel Cabrera and Robinson Cano in a Home Run Derby during the Caribbean World Series?The event -- planned for Wednesday -- looked great on paper, to everyone except the Major League Baseball players association.MLBPA executive director Tony Clark released this statement on Monday (via "Unfortunately, the people in charge of the event didn't follow the proper...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Losing Greg Bird to Injury a Crushing Blow for the New York Yankees?

The New York Yankees have already taken a blow to their 2016 season. The team announced first basemen Greg Bird will be out for the season and undergo surgery for a torn labrum. Bird provided a major boost to the Yankee lineup when Mark Teixeira went down with his season ending injury. Bird finished with 11 homers and 31 RBI along with a .261 batting average in 46 games. Bird had the...
Via The Sports Journal
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Seattle Mariners Team Preview

2015 QUICK OVERVIEW The Mariners finished 76-86 on the 2015 season. A number of pundits had them picked as the front runner to win the 2015 AL West championship after signing slugger Nelson Cruz to join Robinson Cano in the everyday lineup. Unfortunately, the supporting cast let those guys down and the Mariners faded down the stretch. It eventually cost Jack Zduriencik and Lloyd...
Via The Fantasy Fix
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano says: Watch out for Mariners' youngster Marte in 2016

In 22-year-old infielder Ketel Marte, the Seattle Mariners have an intriguing young player that could blossom into a linchpin of the roster next season.Marte's mentor and unofficial 'big brother', Robinson Cano, expects to see just that once next season rolls around.Cano spoke about Marte with's Greg Johns earlier this week, and he likes what he's seen so far: Marte spent...
Via Fox Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Was the 2009 Yankees Infield the Best Infield of All-Time?

The other day I was thinking about the 2009 Yankees (because that’s what you do as a Yankee fan when you can’t really remember the late 90s) and found myself marveling for the umpteenth time at how incredible their infield was: Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez all had good years at once. That’s two future Hall of Fame middle infielders, one guy...
Via BP Bronx
December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees acquire Starlin Castro from Cubs

Well, Theo Epstein was busy Tuesday. Minutes after the report that the Cubs signed free agent Ben Zobrist, a report from Joel Sherman stated that the Cubs agreed to trade middle infielder Starlin Castro to the Yankees. According the Sherman, the deal was contingent upon the Cubs successfully signing Zobrist. The teams later confirmed the trade, and the Yankees are taking on all...
Via The Outside Corner
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano went to Italy, shared photos from the trip on Facebook

It looks like Robinson Cano has had a rather pleasant offseason - save for the rumors regarding his alleged (and refuted) dissatisfaction with the Seattle Mariners.On Tuesday, the noted baseball enthusiasts/podcast duo/online funnymen at the @CespedesBBQ Twitter handle did some digging and discovered that Cano shared a flurry of photographs from a recent trip to Venice, Italy on...
Via Fox Sports
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano: I'm happy in Seattle

Robinson Cano said he’s “100 percent happy” with the Seattle Mariners, despite rumblings to the contrary. Cano has been dogged by rumors that he’s unhappy in Seattle and regretted leaving New York, but Cano told Christian Red of the New York Daily News that this was not the case. “I don’t want to comment on that because I don’t want to make a big deal about it....
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Yankees Should Trust in Refsnyder

Since the departure of Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners, the New York Yankees have struggled to fill the hole left at second base. They’ve since tried to patch things together with career minor leaguers and veterans like of Dean Anna, Scott Sizemore, Jose Pirela, Brendan Ryan, Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts and Stephen Drew. Most […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Being Thankful for Robinson Cano

While not everyone seems to be thankful for Robinson Cano in a Seattle Mariners uniform, I am. Former Mariners coach, Andy Van Slyke, even went as far as blaming Cano for the firing of multiple coaches with his 2015 on-field performance including Lloyd McClendon. Rumors swirled this week about Cano not being happy in Seattle […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Cano money, Cano problems

Since signing a monster contract prior to the 2014 season, Robinson Cano has performed relatively well in Seattle, slashing .300/.358/.450 (not a great deal lower than his career line) for the Mariners. The one thing he can’t slash, however, is team’s ballooning payroll. With the 33-year-old second baseman owed $24 million for each of the next eight […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Is it time for a Robinson Cano/Yankees reunion? I say yes!

Two years ago around this time, the Yankees were backing up the Brinks' truck to Jacoby Ellsbury's house, while they were pleading poverty to Robinson Cano. So how has that decision worked out so far? Horrible, I say.Since the Yankees let Cano walk, something I was furious about at the time and am still peeved over, second base has been a disaster for the Yankees, most notably with...
Via Subway Squawkers
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano opens RC22 DREAM School in Dominican Republic

Last week, Robinson Cano found his name in the news after Andy Van Slyke ripped him, saying he got the general manager, hitting coach, manager and coaching staff of the Mariners fired. This week, Cano was in the news for something much more positive in nature. On Tuesday in the Dominican Republic, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the above pictured RC22 DREAM School. According...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Cano will be happy in Seattle -- if Mariners win

Just on the off-chance you missed it, erstwhile professional baseball star and coach Andy Van Slyke recently went on the radio and said some intemperate things about Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw and Robinson Cano. The Puig stuff is . . . well, you know. It'€™s not really anything we haven'€™t already read in Molly Knight's book, so aside from Van Slyke and his son — Puig'...
Via Fox Sports
November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano Is the Root of the Yankees’ Problems

The offseason is a great time to reflect on the past: milestones that have been reached, records that have been broken, and moves that were and weren’t made. In this case I will reflect back to 2013, when plenty of  New York Yankees fans had what they thought to be a franchise player in Robinson […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Robinson Cano to the Yankees Makes Sense

Nearly two years ago, Robinson Cano did the unthinkable. He left New York for a bigger contract. He went after the money and was rewarded with a ten-year $240MM dollar contract from the Seattle Mariners. No one blamed Cano for taking such a contract and leaving New York. It was just hard to fathom that […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Rumors: Robinson Cano is not unhappy with team

Robinson Cano signed a massive contract with the Seattle Mariners a couple years back and left the New York Yankees. It was a bit of a surprise and things have not been going too terribly well for the Mariners. They are certainly growing their team and moving closer to contention, but they aren’t quite there yet. Rumors have begun flying around that Cano is unhappy with the Mariners...
Via Sports-Glory
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: A new Catcher, Robbie Cano dissatisfied(?), and more

New Mariners Catcher, Chris Ianetta A new Catcher The Mariners, desperately thin at Catcher, signed former LA Angel (of Santa Monica), Chris Ianetta. The 32 year old, Ianetta is a 10 year veteran who should help the young and struggling Mike Zunino out. More known for defense than offense, last year, Ianetta hit .188 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 92 games. He has signed a 1...
Via Seattle Side Up!
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano shares curious video amid rumor that he wants out of Seattle, back to NY

Come spring, Robinson Cano will be entering the third year of a 10-year, $240 million contract he signed with the Seattle Mariners in December of 2013.The money sure is green in Seattle but the 33-year-old second baseman has discovered the grass is not right now as his production has declined and the team's front office has seen a major shakeup in recent months.On Saturday, the New...
Via Fox Sports
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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