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Remaining Contract: two years, $29 million
Acquired: signed as international free agent in 2001
Robinson Cano is the heart and soul in the Yankees lineup and on the defensive side of the ball as well. He hits for average and power in the middle of arguably the most dangerous lineup in the majors. He will get a new big contract after 2013 with Scott Boras as his agent, but in the meantime, the perennial MVP candidate is a steal.
Cano plays Gold Glove defense and is a Silver Slugger; what more do you want for $14.5 million? Cano has also played 159-plus games in five straight seasons; even a great player can be worth much less if he is not on the field very much.
He also steps up when it matters most. Cano had a huge postseason in 2011 by hitting .318 with a 1.057 OPS (his third postseason with an OPS above 1.000), two home runs and nine RBI in only five games against the Detroit Tigers.
Runners on Base: .303/.352/.545, .897 OPS
RISP: .318/.373/.636, 1.009 OPS
Bases Loaded: .444/.409/1.167, 1.567 OPS
All he does is produce in big moments.
Cano is the best middle infielder in the game and at only $25 million for two years, he is a bargain.