NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If given another chance, he’d do it all over again.
Robinson Cano still would have left the Yankees to sign with the Mariners.
“I don’t have any regrets about what I did,” the superstar second baseman told reporters at a Roc Nation charity basketball game at Barclays Center on Thursday night. “I made my decision.”
The six-time All-Star played for the Bombers from 2005-2013 before signing a 10-year, $240 million deal with Seattle in the offseason.
And despite all the money the Yankees spent in the offseason to improve, Seattle currently sits 3 1/2 games ahead of New York in the race for the second Wild Card berth in the American League.
The best second baseman in baseball still believes in his former team, though.
“I mean, you gotta understand that some of their guys are getting hurt, and it just means they’re not the best,” Cano said. “…I don’t count them out. They’ve got a good team.”
The Yankees, who have struggled mightily to score all season, could desperately use Cano’s bat. The 31-year-old is having another stellar season, batting .329 with 11 homers and 69 RBIs. He’s posted a tremendous .397 on-base percentage. Though his power numbers are down — that can be attributed to playing home games at Safeco Field as opposed to Yankee Stadium — he’s found the gaps, belting 28 doubles.
New York got little production from Brian Roberts prior to releasing him, and current starting second baseman Stephen Drew is hitting .173 with five home runs.
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