NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano is in line to win his third Gold Glove in the past three seasons, having been named today as one of three finalists for the American League second baseman's award, along with Boston's Dustin Pedroia and Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist.
By the standard defensive yardsticks, Cano had a very good year, with just six errors and a fielding percentage of .991, trailing Pedroia and Zobrist by just .002 percentage points. By some more of the more advanced metrics, such as UZR and range factor, Cano falls more into the middle of the pack.
But it should be recalled that with Derek Jeter missing all but 13 games due to injury, Cano played with six unfamiliar shortstops in 2013 -- I defy you to name all of them -- and even had to play there an inning himself. Whether that will factor in the final vote remains to be seen, but if nothing else, the nomination is just one more line on the résumé when Cano puts himself out on the free-agent market next month in search of that $300 million contract.
Cano was the only Yankee nominated for a Gold Glove for 2013.