July 12, 2012 12:00 AM
" Report cards on the performance of players in the first half of the season are a popular way to fill space during the All-Star break.
But it's always struck me as a bit odd to use this period to look backward. With the second half, stretch run and playoffs ahead of us, it really doesn't seem all that interesting to discuss how your second baseman was hitting in April.
It's far more interesting to use performances as a gauge for what will come and that's why I'm going with a stock report that suggests whether to buy, sell or hold various Yankees players as the second half gets underway. I'll start off with our strongest buy.
BUY - Robinson Cano might have gotten booed in Kansas City, but you won't be hearing any such reaction once he makes his way back to the Bronx. The second baseman will challenge for the MVP Award and continue to make himself the centerpiece of this Yankees team even as his double play partner plays the face of the franchise.
HOLD - Speaking of that double play partner, it is hard to get a read on Jeter right now "
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