I said my ideal team would have Jeter at second and Cano at short but its easier to compare them at their current positions.
Cano followed up on a chase for the BA title in 2006 with another, arguably even better season. His defense developed to the point where he actually contributed two wins above the average second baseman according to Baseball Prospectus' fielding stats. Although his batting average declined he also walked more and his power numbers increased. He improved his HR total by 5, he had 6 more triples, and the same number of doubles. His line was .306/.353/.488/.292 (BA/OBP/SLG%/EQA).
I believe that the past two years Cano has been the best second baseman in baseball. He`s also only 25 and cheap. The Yankees can't trade him for Santana. I`m not even sure I`d trade Cano for Santana straight up. Keep in mind the projection is made without any actual system and just made with a general idea of how WARP3 is scaled.
2007 WARP3- 11.8
Projected 2008 WARP3- 12
Change in WARP3- .2