2015 Seattle Mariners: Five Reasons for Optimism

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Sep 12, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) gets a high-five following the final out of a 4-2 victory against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Robinson Cano worked out

The Seattle Mariners paid Robinson Cano a lot of money to bring his talents to Seattle. Whether he produces in the later years of the deal remains to be seen, but for right now Mr. Cano is earning his paycheck.

You could have seen this turning out differently. Cano comes to Seattle, makes a ton of money, and turns into Adrian Beltre, Part II.

Thankfully, that did not occur. Cano hit .314, with an .382 on-base percentage. Both were above his career numbers and Cano put together a 6.4 WAR.

Again, it is a bit hard to fathom a world where Cano hits .314 in nine years. However, it is not a stretch to hope that he can be the heart of this lineup for the foreseeable future.