(Courtesy of Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News)
When you're a flashy, talented, good-looking middle infielder in his early 30s playing in New York, chances are you're going to be the man. That's the makeup of Robinson Cano, and under a different set of circumstances he would probably be the king of New York. Unfortunately for him, he's come up in the Yankee organization during the Core Four Era and he's always been somewhat overshadowed by those players and the other bigger names and bigger contracts that have been brought in.
All that started to change a few years ago when those bigger names started to hit their mid-30s decline and Cano started to be recognized for his true talent. Over the past few seasons he's risen up to be recognized as the best second baseman in baseball and one of the best all-around players in the game, and that upward trend hit its peak this season as he entered the final year of his current contract. Cano could be the key to the Yankees' future as they move away from the Core Four years, and as the top potential free agent on the market this coming offseason he finally forced his way into the spotlight.