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In a startling revelation to some Seattle Mariner fans, All-Star Robinson Cano was suspended for 80 games a month ago for PED use. In even more of a startling revelation, General Manager Jerry Dipoto hinted that Dee Gordan will keep the 2nd base position even upon Robinson Cano’s return.
“We have a pretty good idea of what we want to do, but a lot of it is going to be dictated by where we are in the standings,” Dipoto told ESPN.com.
“As versatile and athletic as Dee is, it’s not that easy to go play center field for a month-and-a-half and then say, ‘Oh, by the way, you’re going to go play second base in the biggest game of your career when you just haven’t been out there.’ It’s going to take some juggling and we’ll have to figure out a way.”
Cano, the 8-time All-Star, has a career .304 batting average and 305 home runs. He was hitting .287 with 4 homers and 23 RBI. While decent numbers for an average players, not hardly up to his own standards. Additionally, Cano’s defense has wavered a bit and watching Dee Gordon at 2nd base has given the Mariners a staunch defense with Kyle Seager, Jean Segura, and Gordon locking down ground ball outs. Offensively, Gordon leads the MLB in steals and has a solid .283 average.
In addition to the 80 game suspension, Cano will also be ineligible if the Mariners make the playoffs. It makes sense that if the Mariners are in contention, there is no need to force Dee Gordon to switch positions again.
The question is what position will Cano be forced to move to? With a solid defensive outfield, Nelson Cruz will remain at DH. Does that mean Cano will move to 1st base?