Over the last few days, I have seen a number of commenters on the blogs that I frequent suggest that the Yankees trade Robinson Cano while his value is high. They cite his poor numbers with runners in scoring position and suggest that he has peaked to justify moving him. Personally, I would be very wary regarding any trade that includes Cano. He is a career .306/.339/.480 hitter from the middle infield, making him one of the top 5 players at a premium position (probably behind Utley and Pedroia, with judgment reserved on Zobrist). He is also signed to an affordable deal, and the Yankees do not have anyone that could adequately replace him.
I am not saying that I would never trade him. Nobody is untradeable, and there are packages for which I would send Robbie packing. However, being that he is the only young bat in the Yankees lineup, a premium bat would need to be coming back to the Yankees for any deal to work. With an aging lineup that is almost certain to begin developing holes in the coming years, the Yankees may find that Cano is more valuable to them than most of the clubs that might seek to acquire him in a trade.
What do you think? Would you trade Robbie? What would you want in return?
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