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.