Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano took himself out of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Red Sox in the bottom of the third inning after experiencing dizziness. Manager Lloyd McClendon met Cano about halfway between his position and the dugout, helping him off the field. Cano was replaced at second base by Brad Miller.
Cano reached on a fielder’s choice and scored in the top of the first inning and flied out in the top of the third, his only two plate appearances on the afternoon.
ShannonDrayer of MyNorthwest.com reports that Cano himself said the dizziness stemmed from a bout with the flu. Cano will be evaluated by a doctor but he hopes to be back in the lineup on Monday when the Mariners open up a homestand with the Rangers.
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon could become a free agent after the 2015 season if he wanted to, but he intends to exercise his $12.5 million player option for the 2016 season instead, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. Apparently, Gordon arrived at this decision without collaborating with his agent, Casey Close.
“Casey’s not the boss of me,” Gordon said with a grin. “I’m sure he’ll have things to say and whatnot. But when it comes down to it, it’s my decision.”
Gordon is in the midst of a four-year, $37.5 million contract extension signed in March 2012. Assuming he doesn’t have a terrible 2015, Gordon would likely command close to, if not exceed nine figures on the open market. Due to very good defensive grades this season, Gordon has rated among the game’s most valuable players in baseball according to FanGraphs, even briefly surpassing Mike Trout. Since 2011, only five players have compiled more WAR than Gordon’s 21.4: Trout (27.0), Andrew McCutchen (25.1), Miguel Cabrera (24.9), Robinson Cano (24.1), and Ben Zobrist (22.4).
Robinson Cano has a $240 million contract, his new team has a better record than his old team, and he’s hitting .329 with an .865 OPS that’s slightly above his career mark.
So not surprisingly when asked at a charity event about leaving the Yankees to sign with the Mariners this offseason Cano replied: “I don’t have any regrets about what I did.”
Cano also said some encouraging things about the struggling Yankees, including: “I mean, you gotta understand that some of their guys are getting hurt, and it just means they’re not the best. I don’t count them out. They’ve got a good team.”
In his absence the Yankees turned first to Brian Roberts and then to Stephen Drew at second base, but have gotten a combined .242 batting average with nine homers and a .679 OPS from the position.
For several years the MLB and the MLBPA has promoted an All-Star Series in which MLB players tour Japan in November. It has taken on various forms and is a modern day version of old barnstorming series in Japan that have gone on for over a century. Today they announced this year’s version, along with some of the big names taking part:
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that MLB All-Stars Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be among the group of accomplished Major Leaguers who will travel to Japan this November to play a five-game series against “Samurai Japan” (Japan’s National Team) in “All-Star Series 2014.” The MLB All-Stars will be led by Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, who led the Rangers to back-to-back American League pennants in 2010 and 2011.
There will be three official games, played in Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Tokyo’s Tokyo Dome and Sapporo’s Sapporo Dome. There will also be two exhibition games, with one in Osaka’s Koshien Stadium and the other in Okinawa’s Okinawa Cellular Stadium.
So, as of November, Yasiel Puig will have disrespected the game in two different hemispheres. Cool.
Adam Dunn is 34 years old and having a productive season for the White Sox, ranking among the league’s top 25 in OPS while approaching 500 career homers, yet with free agency and another payday around the corner this offseason he’s pondering retirement.
Dunn, who’s finishing up a four-year, $56 million contract, talked to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com about his upcoming decision:
You’re used to doing something your whole life, and I know it’s going to be an adjustment, but I’m fortunate to be able to put myself in this situation at a pretty young age to make the call. There’s nothing bad about that. I’m not sad about that. I’m actually pretty happy about it.
Dunn has three kids under 10 years old and more than $100 million in career earnings, so as he told Hayes:
I’m not a 22-year-old single guy anymore. There are a lot of things that play into coming back and your decision.
Since a disastrous first season in Chicago he’s posted a .784 OPS in 400 games for the White Sox and with 459 career homers Dunn is likely only two seasons from joining the 500-homer club. And of course now he’s gotten all of that pitching experience, too.
Throughout his career Dunn’s bad defense, high strikeout rates, and low batting averages have made him a frequent target of criticism, but among all active hitters with at least 5,000 career plate appearances he ranks 18th in OPS at .858, sandwiched between Robinson Cano at .860 and teammate Paul Konerko at .843.