- 2005: .288 pre-all-star break, .303 post-all-star break
- 2006: .325, 4 HR, 27 RBI before, .365, 11 HR, 51 RBI after
- 2007: .274, 6 HR, 40 RBI before, .343, 13 HR, 57 RBI after
- 2008: .247, .358 slugging before, .307, .482 slugging after
I did some quick math and calculated Cano's 162-game pace over his first four season in the majors, and here they are: .303 AVG, 85 R, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 3 SB. In his "career year" in 2007, he hit .306 with 93 runs, 19 HR, and 97 RBI. If you could count on those kinds of numbers at a still pretty weak position like second base, Cano might sneak into your keeper list.
But you simply can't. The reality is he'll likely slip down to those 4-year averages, which makes him about as valuable as Jose Lopez. Who, you ask? Well, it's not surprising that you don't know him; he finished the season on the waiver wire in our very competitive keeper league. Granted, he was good enough to be on a team, but the reality is that you can get numbers very similar to Cano's for a fraction of "keeper price." Lopez, Kelly Johnson, Mike Aviles, and Placido Polanco figure to be available several rounds into the draft, and Cano belongs just a tick above them. A worthy pick in the 3rd-5th rounds, but not a keeper.
2009 projection: .310, 90 R, 15 HR, 80 RBI