Robinson Cano’s father thinks son will re-sign with Yankees

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Robinson Cano’s dad Jose threw to his son in Monday night’s Home Run Derby at Citi Field in New York. And he spoke to reporters about his son’s impending free agency before Tuesday’s All-Star Game:

“I am confident that the Yankees are going to come up with something good in the end,” Jose Cano said. “I hope that he can stay here. He can be the leader, like a captain. Robinson’s very smart, but quiet. He’s not going to talk too much. He talks when he needs to talk. That’s a good thing for being on a kind of team like the Yankees. He’s doing everything straight.”

“[Robinson] is the one who’s going to make a decision in the end,” added Jose. “We can say yes, we can say no, we can say we don’t know, but he’s the one who’s going to make the decision in the end.”

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported a couple weeks ago that “there’s a very good chance” Cano will hit the free agent market in November. The 30-year-old is batting .302/.386/.531 with 21 home runs and 65 RBI through 95 games this season for the fourth-place Bombers while earning a salary of $15 million.

Cano has made $58M in his nine years with New York. He recently signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

Justin Turner is a postseason monster

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A not-insignificant amount of the Dodgers’ success in recent years has to do with the emergence of Justin Turner. In his first five seasons with the Orioles and Mets, he was a forgettable infielder who had versatility, but no power. The Mets non-tendered him after the 2013 season, a move they now really regret.

In four regular seasons since, as a Dodger, Turner has hit an aggregate .303/.378/.502. His 162-game averages over those four seasons: 23 home runs, 36 doubles, 83 RBI, 80 runs scored. And he’s also a pretty good third baseman, it turns out. The Dodgers have averaged 95 wins per season over the past four years.

Turner, 32, has gotten better and better with each passing year. This year, he drew more walks (59) than strikeouts (56), a club only five other players (min. 300 PA) belonged to, and he trailed only Joey Votto (1.61) in BB/K ratio (1.05). He zoomed past his previous career-high in OPS, finishing at .945. His .415 on-base percentage was fourth-best in baseball. His batting average was fifth-best and only nine points behind NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon.

It doesn’t seem possible, but Turner has been even better in the postseason. He exemplified that with his walk-off home run to win Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs. Overall, entering Wednesday night’s action, he was batting .363/.474/.613 in 97 postseason plate appearances. In Game 4, he went 2-for-2 with two walks, a single, and a solo home run. That increases his postseason slash line to .378/.495/.659, now across 101 plate appearances. That’s a 1.154 OPS. The career-high regular season OPS for future first-ballot Hall of Famer Albert Pujols was 1.114 in 2008, when he won his third career MVP Award. Statistically, in the postseason, Turner hits slightly better than Pujols did in the prime of his career. Of course, we should adjust for leagues and parks and all that, but to even be in that neighborhood is incredible.

In the age of stats, the concept of “clutch” has rightfully eroded. We don’t really allow players to ascend to godlike levels anymore like the way we did Derek Jeter, for instance. (Jeter’s career OPS in the playoffs, by the way, was a comparatively pitiful .838.) Turner isn’t clutch; he’s just a damn good hitter whose careful approach at the plate has allowed him to shine in the postseason and the Dodgers can’t imagine life without him.