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Cabrera and Robinson Cano each had exactly 697 plate appearances this year, and Cabrera was slightly better, with nine more hits, 14 more points of OBP (reaching base 10 more times this season), and 56 more points of slugging (32 more total bases). Cano also played in a more favorable home park than Cabrera did this year. But Cabrera's offensive advantage is wiped out by Cano's massive advantage on defense, a swing of about 19-20 runs saved between the two players. Even a casual observer of the game can tell you that Cano is a good defender at second while Cabrera is a poor defender at third, a difference that is more than enough to put Cano above Cabrera on my ballot.