Robinson Cano went 0-4 with two strikeouts last night/this morning in the Yankees 7-2 win at Seattle. He is batting just .246 this season, with two home runs and 16 RBIs.
What's the reason for this? On his radio show yesterday, Yankees play-by-play announcer Michael Kay offered up a theory that, apparently, is shared by several others: Robinson Cano is miserable in Seattle.
Instead of choosing to cement himself in Yankees history, Kay said, (by having his number retired and, perhaps, becoming the first Dominican captain of the Yankees) Cano allowed himself to be used by Jay-Z to start his Roc Nation sports management company. He is now in Seattle, a city without a major Latino population (and, as a result, without any real choices when it comes to Dominican food) and a city from which the shortest road trip is well over two hours.
Kay went on to repeat what everyone already knows: Cano went to the highest bidder. His co-host, Don La Greca, had no sympathy for Cano, saying he should have done his research before signing on the dotted line. If he had done that, he would have seen what kind of city Seattle is and might have stayed in the Bronx.
They went on to talk about possible solutions to the problem. Kay wondered if the Mariners would approach Brian Cashman and propose to pay the last three years of Cano's contract if the Yankees would take him off their hands. Geez, I hope that doesn't happen. Though they wouldn't be paying him, the Yankees would have another Carlos Beltran clogging up the roster, no longer able to field his position.
The Robinson Cano ship has sailed. It now appears to be sinking. The Yankees should just watch it go under.