Robinson Cano is now a member of the American League All-Star team. Cano got added to the team on Friday (July 7) as an injury replacement. This is the eighth time that the Seattle Mariners' second baseman has been named to the AL All-Star team. Cano joins Nelson Cruz as the only two Mariners on the roster, with the game set to take place down in Miami next week.

The Seattle Mariners have struggled as a team through the first few months of the season, but Robinson Cano is still putting up great numbers again. Through 76 games this season, Cano has 17 home runs, 60 RBIs, 44 runs scored, 85 total hits, a .279 batting average, and an .824 OPS.

The team will need to see numbers like that from him in the second half if they are going to make a run at one of the Wild Card spots.

Has Robinson Cano been worth that contract?

In his four seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Robinson Cano has now been named to the All-Star team three times. For a player making $240 over a 10-year contract with the Mariners, it is expected that he will continue to put up numbers like these. Over those four years, Cano already has 91 home runs, 324 RBIs, and a combined batting average of .296 with the Mariners. He should easily reach 100 homers by the end of the 2017 season.

There have been a lot of fans complaining on social media about the performance of the team and a lot of them are also blaming Robinson Cano.

Some are even saying that the team should have a fire sale at the MLB trade deadline. While it is very unlikely that the team is going to break up in that fashion, the Mariners really need to start playing better baseball than they have through the first three months of the regular season.

Can the Seattle Mariners bounce back this season?

It has been a rough 2017 season for the team thus far. Following another ugly loss to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night (July 6), the Seattle Mariners have fallen to 41-46 in the American League standings. That puts the Mariners 17.5 games behind the first-place Houston Astros in the AL West.

It also has the M's behind the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers in the divisional standings.

The Mariners certainly aren't out of the race yet, but time is running out for the team. They are now four-and-a-half games behind the Kansas City Royals for the second Wild Card slot in the American League and there are four additional teams between the M's and the Royals. For the Seattle Mariners to start making a run at the Wild Card spots, they will need to finish strong with three games remaining against the Oakland Athletics over the weekend.