Nothing sadder than all of your stony faces left stranded on this fourth of July with no Mets baseball. It seems un-American. Gary Cohen said he’s running a 7K today. Jeff McNeil is going to be a judge at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Yoenis Cespedes announced plans to get hurt while shooting off fireworks.
I’ve been trying to come up with trades involving Robinson Cano. My first thought was to send him to Texas for Shin-Soo-Choo – with each team responsible for the original contract, so the Mets would pay Cano and the Rangers would pay Choo. This was back six weeks or so ago when Cano had his little hot streak. But he cooled off and Choo warmed up.
My next thought was to send him to the Cubs for Jayson Heyward, but both contracts end at the same time, so that won’t work.
Just now, it occurred that maybe they can ship him to the Reds and take on that monster contract of Joey Votto’s. Turns out that Votto’s deal isn’t that much more than Cano’s. Both deals are up after the 2023 season, although the Reds have a $20 million option with a $7 million buyout for 2024.
My question for you: Would you trade Cano and the $80 million he’s due for 2020-2023 to the Reds for Votto, who’s owed $100 million in the same time frame plus the buyout/option? Talent-wise that seems to be a slam dunk. Votto got off to a slow start but in the last 133 PA before Wednesday he had a .967 OPS. In his last 134 PA entering Wednesday, Cano had a .594 OPS. And he took another 0-fer yesterday.
Of course, Votto plays first base and that position is taken. Would you take the extra salary and play Votto in the outfield just to be rid of Cano?