Robinson Cano sworn in as U.S. citizen

11/13/2012 12:51 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The next World Baseball Classic will be played in the spring of 2013, and the United States now has one more MVP-caliber infielder to consider in building their roster.

New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano officially became a United States citizen on Tuesday morning, and took to his Twitter account to post photos of himself being sworn in and displaying his citizenship papers.

"Very proud day for me, I just became a US citizen. God Bless America!" Cano said in the latter Tweet.

Now 30, Cano was born and raised in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, but lived in Newark, New Jersey for three years as a teenager before moving back to the Dominican Republic.

Cano has been in the States since signing with the Yankees organization in 2001, and is coming off a 2012 season that saw him hit .313 with 33 home runs, 94 RBI, and 105 runs scored. He won both the AL Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards at second base, and is one of five finalists for the AL MVP Award that will be announced on Thursday.

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