• Robinson Cano, Eric Chavez & Robin Ventura

    Posted by on April 4th, 2012 · Comments (11)

    Here are their career stats through age 28 -

    Rk Player OPS+ G PA From To Age AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO
    1 Robinson Cano 119 1053 4413 2005 2011 22-28 4104 613 1263 286 144 621 224 508
    2 Eric Chavez 119 1166 4777 1998 2006 20-28 4212 667 1143 245 212 716 516 790
    3 Robin Ventura 119 1039 4416 1989 1996 21-28 3769 547 1041 178 144 624 555 527
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    Generated 4/4/2012.

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    Three of a kind?

    Comments on Robinson Cano, Eric Chavez & Robin Ventura

    1. April 4th, 2012 | 12:18 pm

      Cano is good. But, he’s not the great player that some make him out to be…

      If I’m the Yankees, I let him go when he hits the free agent market.

      Be happy that you had him in his 20′s. And, even happier that you don’t have him in his 30′s.

    2. MJ Recanati
      April 4th, 2012 | 12:55 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Cano is good. But, he’s not the great player that some make him out to be…

      He’s a second baseman whereas the other two were third basemen. Big difference when you’re trying to compare the offense of a middle infielder to the offense of a corner infielder.

      Steve L. wrote:

      If I’m the Yankees, I let him go when he hits the free agent market.

      I agree, but only because the aging curve of second basemen is ugly at or around a player’s 32nd birthday. The Yankees should’ve bought up two more years of Cano’s free agency when they extended him a few years ago and then cut him loose. Instead, they’re going to be forced to either miss two more prime years of his career or pay for the entirety of his back end.

    3. KPOcala
      April 4th, 2012 | 1:08 pm

      Does anyone here think that he has the arm to play third base?

    4. MJ Recanati
      April 4th, 2012 | 1:18 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      Does anyone here think that he has the arm to play third base?

      I think he probably does. He came up as a SS and has definitely shown the arm to be the best part of his fielding tools.

      That being said, moving him to 3B doesn’t make much sense because you won’t find another 2B in the organization (or in free agency) anywhere half as good as Cano is.

    5. April 4th, 2012 | 1:49 pm

      Walter Ibarra?

    6. MJ Recanati
      April 4th, 2012 | 3:27 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Walter Ibarra?

      He’s a 24 year old that’s repeated high-A three times already. He’s making his double-A debut this year so I wouldn’t call him a credible internal candidate to replace Cano at this point.

      David Adams is a better bet to replace Cano, if he can ever get over a string of injuries that have essentially cost him the last season and a half of his development. Fortunately, as a polished collegiate player, he should be able to move quickly if he can stay healthy. Even then, he’s still at least two years away from the big leagues (unless he can shake off the rust from taking 18 months off).

    7. KPOcala
      April 4th, 2012 | 4:00 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:MJ, I was thinking ahead a few years, enabling the extension of both A-Rod’s career and Cano’s at the same time. Perhaps a second baseball comes along or “around” at that point in time. Just doing a a “what if” scenario. And I had forgotten about Cano coming up as a SS, he has a terrific arm, but I wasn’t sure if it was a bit of an illusion, throwing, as he does from his position…

    8. KPOcala
      April 4th, 2012 | 4:07 pm

      @ KPOcala:oh, as an after-thought, I think that moving Gardner to center field makes sense even though it detracts from his advantage defensively over his peers. By shifting Gardner over to center, Granderson’s health and bat should have a longer life-span. And Gardner has the type of build that looks like he would be as adversely hammered by the position as Granderson…..And the club gets another boost in the outfield defense. Who knows though if it’s not tried….

    9. KPOcala
      April 4th, 2012 | 4:11 pm

      Steve, as an aside. Aceves named Sox closer. As Howard Cosell would have put it, “How do ya like thaaaat?”

    10. Evan3457
      April 4th, 2012 | 7:35 pm

      Not so much Chavez, because age 28 was just before he broke down physically. Don’t expect that with Cano, though it’s possible.

      Ventura might be a better comp, but even so, there’s that third base/second base thing. Ventura had a one year lull, followed by the best 2-years stretch of his career, before he started to age and fade.

      Cano might be done early. It’s possible. Something for the Yanks to think about before handing him a 6 year contract after 2013.

    11. KPOcala
      April 4th, 2012 | 9:15 pm

      I wonder if Cano’s age is as listed?

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