Cano is hands down one of the top 5 position players in baseball today. The $30 M contract is the new $20- 25 M contract of 2-6 years ago.
We need a 1 B, SS, 3B, CF---Cano could be re-positioned to play 1 or 3 B or you could move Pedroia to 3 B and keep Xander at SS. You could move WMB to 1B. Therefore--1B-WMB/Carp ,2B Cano, SS Xander, 3B Pedroia.
Sign one added player--Rajai Davis for CF in case JBJ doesn't work out.
You also have Nava and Gomes in LF Vic in RF and Ross and AJ behind the plate.
If you sign Drew and Nap for one year each you may be looking at $25-30 M. Cano is a game changer. Ortiz likes him others will get use to him.
Do you do it? How many times has it gone the other way? Ells, Damon, the Rocket, Youk.