Like Jones, Cano played in plenty of games in 2015 — 156 of them to be exact. As with Jones, he was not himself due to minor injuries. Cano was dealing with abdominal injuries all year, and eventually went under the knife for hernia surgery in October. In 2015, Cano failed to bat above .300 for the first time since 2008. Whatever was ailing Cano dragged him down to a .251 BA in the first half. While he was still dealing with pain after the All-Star Game, Cano brought his average all the way back up to .331 in the second half while hitting 15 home runs in 70 games. He had hit just six over the course of his first 86 games.
A healthy Cano could propel the Mariners to playoff contention. His second half showed that he is still a big difference maker, even when slightly injured. While Cano may never fully live up to the $240-million contract, he should be able to deliver a few more years of elite performance from the second-base position.