Robinson Cano was seen as a worthy baseball prospect for a good amount of time. As soon as he had graduated from High School the Yankees signed him in January of 2001 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic (along with the signing, he received a $100,000 signing bonus).
Canó spent a couple of years in the Yankees farm system (until the 2005 season to be exact) with various Yankee affiliate teams which have included the Gulf Coast Yankees, Staten Island Yankees, Greensboro Bats (now the Greensboro Grasshoppers) & Tampa Yankees (Rookie/ SS/A/High A, along with the Trenton Thunder & Columbus Clippers (AA-AAA). Along with his minor league experience, he was seen as a possible trade chip in many deals; with the most well-known being the infamous Alex Rodriguez Trade.
In 2005, he was called up to take over the Yankees Second Baseman Position from Tony Womack. He had a productive season, which eventually led to him finishing second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. One weakness that Cano had during his rookie year (and he’d have it for his first couple of seasons in the bigs) was his walk percentage (his rookie year specifically, he had the third-worst walk percentage in the American League at 3.0%).
In 2006, Canó made his very first All Star Game and eventually would have the 3rd best batting average in the American League at .342 (behind his his teammate Jeter and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer). But again, he had the third worst walk percentage in the AL at 3.6%.
In 2007, Canó would go on to finish 6th in the leagues in games played (160), 9th in triples (with 7), and 10th in hits, doubles, and at bats (189, 41, 617 respectfully).
In January of 2008, Canó signed a contract extension for $28 million over the next four years in the 2008 through 2011 seasons. The deal also includes options for the Yankees for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, worth $27 million. He would go on to be the player who would record the final walk-off hit in Yankee Stadium ("The House That Ruth Built") history as well as the final RBI in the stadiums history.
2009 season (The Season seems familiar …): Canó would go on to hit .320 with 204 hits, 25 home runs and 85 RBIs. It was his first year hitting over 20 HRs. Canó would be the one who would throw out Shane Victorino at first to make the final out of the 2009 World Series. It would be Canó’s very first ring.
I would talk about the 2010-13 seasons each, but they all were very similar. While there are some differences, in each of these seasons Canó would go on to be an all star. In 2010, he would receive a Golden Glove while in 2011 along with winning the same years Home Run Derby, he would receive a Silver Slugger award.
However, in December 2013 Canó would go on to sign a 10 year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. In the 2014 season he would go on to receive his 6th career All Star Selection (his 5th consecutive) and he’d finish batting .314 to go along with 14 home runs and 82 rbi.
In 2015, he would eventually not go on to the 2015 All Star Game as he would deal with Acid Reflux. He’d eventually finish the season with a .287 average, 21 home runs and 79 rbis in 156 games. After the season, Canó went on to have surgery to repair a sports hernia.
In the 2016 season, Canó would make the All Star team once again and would have his second ever season of 30 home runs to go along with a .298 batting average, 195 hits & 103 runs batted in. Canó would also go on to hit his 250th career home run in May of the same year.
The 2017 Season started off interesting for Canó as on May 16, 2017, the Mariners placed Canó on the 10-day disabled list due to a right quadriceps strain. I say interesting as it was only the second time that Canó went on the disabled list in his whole career. However, Canó would still make the All Star Game and win the MVP Award as he would hit the game-winning home run in the 10th inning off of Cubs Relief Pitcher Wade Davis.
In the beginning of the 2018 season, his 302nd home run off of Lance McCullers Jr. would pass Rogers Hornsby for second place all-time among second basemen. On April 29th Canó fractured his hand after getting hit by a pitch. Yesterday, the MLB announced Robinson Canó was suspending 80 games for testing positive for Furosemide, a diuretic better known as Lasix, which was a violation of MLB's performance-enhancing drugs policy. Well, at least he has some time for his hand to heal up before he returns ...