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The Yankees signed infielder Robinson Cano from the Dominican Republic in January 2001 and the 18-year-old sped to the major leagues, debuting in May 2005.
Cano took over the regular second base duties from the time he arrived in the Bronx, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting to Oakland Athletics closer Huston Street.
His batting eye improved with his power and he hit at least 25 home runs in each of his last five seasons with New York (2009-13), with a high of 33 in 2012.
Cano was a five-time All-Star with the Yankees and finished third in the MVP voting in 2010, when he hit .319/.381/.914 with 29 homers and 109 RBI while scoring 103 runs.
He also earned two Gold Gloves while in New York before leaving to sign a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners in December 2013.
In nine seasons with the Yankees, Cano hit .309/.355/.504 with 204 homers, 822 RBI, 799 runs and an OPS+ of 126.
He didn’t have the same success in the postseason, hitting just .222/.267/.686 in 51 games with eight homers and 33 RBI.
Cano has gone on to three more All-Star appearances with the Mariners, but is currently serving an 80-game suspension for violating MLB’s joint drug agreement. He can be reinstated Aug, 14.