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Cano ended 2011 on an absolute tear. He carried the New York Yankees to an AL East crown and a postseason berth. Even when they lost in the American League Division Series to the Detroit Tigers, he was spectacular.
Stats Since August 1st (59 games):
.315/.359/.608, 14 HRs, 49 RBIs, 21 doubles and two triples
If he did that over a full 162-game season, he would hit 39 HRs, 135 RBIs, 58 doubles and six triples. That would have put him eighth in the majors in batting average, tied for first in slugging percentage, tied for third in HRs, first in RBIs, first in doubles and 24th in triples in 2011.
Those sound like MVP numbers to me.
Will he be that good in 2012? Probably not, but I think he has a chance to at least come close to those numbers.