Not sure if you’ve noticed this or not, but, in the Fielding Bible 2008 Plus/Minus Leaders and Trailers, Robinson Cano was the worst fielding 2B in baseball last season. And, Jason Giambi and Bobby Abreu were the next to worst fielding 1B and RF, respectively, in the game as well. And, for what it’s worth, Derek Jeter (what a shock!) was among the worst in the bigs, with the leather, at SS (last year).
On the bright-side, Giambi and Abreu should be gone from Yankeeland next year. And, hopefully, their replacements will be better defensive players. However, as of now, the Yankees keystone combo in 2009 still appears to be Cano and Jeter.
Has a team ever won a championship with two terrible defenders up the middle of the infield?
Makes me wonder: Does it make sense to move A-Rod to first base (in 2009) – selling it that he can be like his idol, Keith Hernandez – where he should be a Gold Glover; and, then, moving either Cano or Jeter to 3B and picking up a replacement middle-infielder who can provide world-class defense?
Or, is that just thinking that’s too radical for the Yankees to ever consider?