Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Yankees might want to trade Robinson Cano for starting pitching.
Trading second baseman Robinson Cano certainly is an option for the Yankees; virtually every club with a need at the position has expressed interest.
Cano, however, finished strong after adjusting his stance and setup in mid-September, and some with the Yankees believe that he will be more at ease in 2009, saying he tried too hard this season to justify his new four-year, $30 million contract.
The problem for the Yankees is that they need to acquire two starting pitchers, and the top of the free-agent market is thin. CC Sabathia might prefer to go to the west coast and/or stay in the National League. Some baseball people question whether A.J. Burnett possesses the right makeup for New York. Derek Lowe might command a contract too large for the Yankees’ liking at age 35.
Thus, trading Cano for a starting pitcher might be necessary.
Cano did well in the Dominican Winter League last week, hitting 4-17 with a double and three runs scored.
Some rumors say the LA Dodgers have interest in Cano and/or Melky Cabrera. I don’t see the Yankees trading Cano, especially because there are no other options at 2B on the team currently. That being said, I have seen stranger things happen.