First of all, let me start this by saying congratulations for being the winners of the Robinson Cano sweepstakes. It's very rare that someone, let alone the Seattle Mariners, outbids the Yankees for a player they want -- and in this case, I even heard the M's outbid themselves -- but they Mariners did it, and now they own one of the game's top second baseman for the next decade.
I've been watching and writing about Cano for awhile, and can say with 100% reliability that he is everything people say he is, and almost nothing that people put him out to be.
Despite what you might have heard about Cano not working hard, he's actually quite the opposite of a lazy player. First one to the ballpark, and the last one to leave -- that's the way Cano goes about his business. No, he doesn't hustle on every infield ground out, and I won't lie, he doesn't play the field with the same amount of intensity as a player like Dustin Pedroia, but his raw talent and ability to play the game makes up for a lot of that.
For the next 10 years, you'll be mesmerized but the smoothness of his swing, and the way he fields a baseball and can turn a double play easier than Ray Allen can hit a three-pointer.
He's one of the most durable players in the league, playing in at least 159 games in each of the past five seasons, and over the course of a ten-year contract, staying on the field is all you can really ask for -- just look at Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols.
What you're getting is an all-star player that is going to hit over .300, at least 25-30 homeruns, and drive in at least 90 RBIs -- at least through the first few years of his deal.
I know you guys have Felix Hernandez, but now you've got Cano to watch on a daily basis, and it's probably been awhile since you have had a player you're looking forward to watching play every single day. I can say I've always had players to watch when covering the Yankees, but in 2013, it seemed like Cano was the only player actually worth watching, and it made me realize just how good he is, and how great of a player the Mariners are getting.
I never thought the day would come that I had to say goodbye to Cano, but it's actually here, and now you guys as Mariners fans get to say hello. I would tell you to be nice to him, but I'll just let his play on the field dictate how much you like him -- hint: you're going to like him a lot.