Ah, Robinson Cano. The player the former GM considered a “primary need” to acquire. In a way, this worked out better than the Mets had any right to expect. The pandemic meant they only had to pay a portion of his salary in one season and Cano forfeited his entire salary last year due to the failed drug test. Those who don’t mind looking a gift horse in the mouth would say it would have been better if those things happened in years four and five, rather than two and three. The rest of us are just thankful for whatever gifts we receive.

You can make a principled stand and say that the Mets should never allow Cano to wear their uniform again, after he failed the second drug test. Or, you can say that you can count on the fingers of one hand the guys who’ve come back after missing their age-38 season and been worth $20 million at age 39. And still have multiple fingers left over. You have to pay him, regardless. No sense playing him and have him be sub-replacement, too.

Or, you can say he put up an .896 OPS when he last played so you might as well see if he has anything left in the tank before you cast him east of Queens. Especially if the NL has the DH in 2022. So, what should the Mets do?

What should the Mets do with Robinson Cano?

  • Cut him immediately, if not sooner (41%, 9 Votes)
  • Wait to see if the NL is going to have the DH and keep him if it does (36%, 8 Votes)
  • Keep him - the last thing the Mets can do is walk away from a guy who can hit (23%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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19 comments on “Poll: What should the Mets do with Robinson Cano?

  • Name

    The Mets have had a long list of disgraces the past 24 months, but allowing Cano to get within 100 feet of a Mets ballpark after his suspension would easily rank on the top.

    • TexasGusCC


  • Woodrow

    You give him first crack at DH. If he hits you play him 4-5 times a week and play Davis against lefties.

  • ChrisF


    • ChrisF

      cohen knew this was a sunk cost. just pay him, and never let him near the team. hes a cancer.

      • BobP

        If there’s ever a reason to make good use of Cohen’s riches this is it – pay him, send him on his way and send a message that you are changing the culture and what you will accept from the personnel involved with this team.

  • Foxdenizen

    Cast Cano east of Queens..into Nassau County? Why should they have to put up with him?

    • JimO

      As a Nassau County alumni, I resent that strategy.

    • Brian Joura

      It was an East of Eden reference – I wasn’t specifically thinking of Nassau. How about the East River?

      • James O'Brien

        Brian, why haven’t the Mets voided his contract?

        • Brian Joura

          My guess is that part of the CBA was that the unpaid suspension was the tradeoff for not being able to void the contract in these cases. But that’s just a guess.

  • T.J.

    Hasta la vista, Senor Cano.

  • Nym6986

    Given the dollars owed it is hard to believe he will simply get released. If he has a decent spring and can still swing the bat then he would be worth $6 million as a DH somewhere so we move him and eat $18 million a year. Easy said then done but doable. If he has a bad spring then dump him. He still got us Diaz who overall has been far from a bust – even though he can’t seem to pitch in a close non save situation. And of course if we are dumping, it’s a shorter trip to Flushing Bay

  • TexasGusCC

    Zack Scott just got canned without even due process. Cano has had multiple guilty verdicts, a n d, the Mets need the roster space to protect future contributors.

  • footballhead

    Former Met Ron Hunt (now 80) has Parkinsons, and his daughter has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical bills. Wouldn’t it be great if Cohen just loosened up some chump change (for him) and helped? You would think that would be a no brainer for Mets ownership to garner goodwill from the fan base.

  • footballhead

    I also see that Syndegaard and Conforto both received QO (18.4 million) for next year. Stupid money for Thor which will turn out to be a huge mistake. You can’t tell me he wouldn’t have accepted a base of 10 million; laden with incentives, for 2022. A bad sign for us hoping that Mets ownership/management will get there act together.

    • Woodrow

      Yep, 18 million for a guy who has pitched 2 innings in two years is a reach. Also now a days starters do 4-5 innings. Maybe the plan is for him to be 3 innings reliever?

  • T.J.

    In spite of being blame for everything from global warming to world hunger, sometimes Alderson makes some good points. One of the that was pretty spot on is that there are two currencies in baseball – talent and money. The Mets have plenty of one and not enough of the other. Within the context of the topic of this article, the money can be used to rid the team of an unscrupulous player. Expanding out of scope, it looks like they are willing to assume risk and spend some excess money to secure some lacking but uncertain pitching talent. It is hard to justify either transaction on its own, but from an overall strategic standpoint I agree with both.

  • Wobbit

    Make him sweat through spring training. Cut him opening day

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