That didn't take long: Yankees re-issue Robinson Cano's No. 24

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Robinson Cano's No. 24 already has a new owner in New York.
Robinson Cano's No. 24 already has a new owner in New York. (USATSI)

First the first time in nearly a decade, the Yankees opened spring training without Robinson Cano on Friday. Their pitchers and catchers reported to Tampa while Cano is still a few days away from having to show up to Mariners' camp after signing a 10-year, $240 million deal with Seattle this offseason.

So, with Cano gone after an extended run as the team's best player, his No. 24 would surely be taken out of circulation for a while, right? The Yankees retire numbers rather liberally and others like No. 21 (Paul O'Neill) and No. 35 (Mike Mussina) were put on the shelf for several years before being re-issued. Cano seems like a candidate for the same treatment. Right? Wrong.

So not only did they re-issue Cano's number, they gave it to a utility infielder coming off two serious injuries who might not even make the roster. That's cold.

Good news for all you Yankees' fans with an authentic No. 24 jersey though: your once-Tino Martinez and once-Robinson Cano jersey is now a Scott Sizemore jersey. That's bang for your buck right there.

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