In keeping with the theme of the week, here's a ranking of the top 10 second basemen in the majors.
Average OPS by position
Again, this is not only about defense, or offense, but rather overall play, and ESPN Stats & Info's Mark Simon sent along the following: "Something to keep in mind when evaluating second basemen is there was a big drop-off in offensive production among second basemen last season, relative to the other infield positions." (See the table to the right.)
"So if you're looking at a second basemen and their offensive numbers held steady from 2013 to 2014, they did well."
This was the fifth consecutive year that Cano finished in the top 5 in the MVP voting, after he batted .314 with 53 extra-base hits. In the first season of his 10-year contract, he did everything the Mariners paid him to do, serving as an anchor in the lineup and helping teammates, and Seattle improved its win total by 16. At this stage of his career, he is a good second baseman (if not necessarily great).
By the way, Cano is approaching some major milestones, after playing at least 157 games in the past eight seasons.