Lately, when I look at Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang, all I can think about is the Scouts versus Sabermetrics Debate.
The scouts say that Chien-Ming Wang has nasty stuff and nerves of steel – and should be a very good pitcher for the Yankees. The stats say that Chien-Ming Wang’s low strikeout rates should be a red flag – and that he’ll always be at the mercy of luck to determine if he’ll have a good outing or not.
The scouts say that Robinson Cano has fast hands and a sweet swing and should be the next Rod Carew. The stats say that Robinson Cano’s low walk rate means that he’ll have to hit .330 just to be an average offensive player.
So, if you’re the Yankees, which road do you follow? Do you go by the advanced numbers and trade these players while they still have value? Or, do you listen to the scouts and keep your home-grown talent?
I think we all know that it’s the latter. Cashman has said that Cano and Wang are not available.
That’s fine. There comes a time to make a call and the Yankees have made their decision. I can roll with that.
Still, part of me wonders – “If the Twins offered Johan Santana in exchange for Cano and Wang, should the Yankees make that deal?”
It’s a fun question, no?