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Saturday, July 2, 2011
Cashman's comment special to Cano

Robinson Cano won't go out on the same limb as his general manager and call himself the best player on the field in the Subway Series, but he certainly appreciates that Brian Cashman will make that vouch.

After finding out that Cashman proclaimed Cano as the top player on the field in the battle between the Yankees and Mets, the Yankees All-Star second baseman was thankful that the GM has his back.

"Coming from a guy like him, your GM, it means a lot," Cano said Saturday. "That means he appreciates what I’ve been doing and what I’m capable of doing and it’s a special compliment especially coming from a guy like him.”

Before the first game of the Subway Series on Friday night, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez called Mets shortstop Jose Reyes "the world's greatest player."

Later on, Cashman told's Ian O'Connor that Cano is the best player on the field and he would draft him ahead of Reyes in a fantasy draft of just New York position players, with Reyes going second.

Cano entered Saturday's game at .292 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI, while Reyes is making a push for the National League MVP award by hitting an outstanding .352 with three homers and 32 RBI for the Mets.

Cano added that it's always good to hear people within the organization give him compliments and  in no way will it bring any added pressure for him. When asked if he would take himself first in a draft, Cano skirted the issue, preferring to leave it to others.

"Don't put me in that situation," Cano said with a laugh. "I don't want to say that. (Jose and I) are good friends. I'll let you guys decide that."