We all know Robinson Cano is statistically the best second basemen in the MLB, what we do not know however, is whether or not he is going to be worth the large sum of cash he is going to be paid this offseason.
When throwing out possible landing spots for Cano, the Washington Nationals are a team that has often been mentioned as a potential suitor. Experts know that Washington wants to win immediately, and General Manager Mike Rizzo may be willing to empty the bank to do so.
As tempting as it maybe to add this high profile free agent, I believe that in the end more logical minds will prevail. Second base is not a position of need for the Nationals. Adding Cano could cripple the progress of young infielder Anthony Rendon, and could prevent the Nationals from addressing more pressing areas of need in the near future.
Every starter from last year’s infield should be returning for the 2014 season. By adding Cano, one of these former starters would be forced to accept a role off of the bench.
The only reasonable choice for this role would be second year player Anthony Rendon. He had a solid first season with the Nationals, and moving him to the bench would seem to be counter productive to his development as a player. Though signing Cano could benefit the Nationals in the short term, the hindrance to Rendon’s development could prove costly towards the organization in the long run.
Also, the contract that Cano is demanding is said to be what is way higher than I believe he is worth. Why overpay a prominent player who only has a couple more years left in his prime, when you have a much cheaper option and is just starting his career?
Recently it has been proven that teams do not need high profile players with enormous contracts to be successful. For example, just look at the Oakland Athletics or the Pittsburgh Pirates. Signing a player like Cano at a position that is not of need could come back to haunt the Nats years down the road. Thankfully, Mike Rizzo is probably thinking the exact same thing.