Recent New York Mets trade rumors say the Seattle Mariners have reached out to the Amazins about a possible deal involving Robinson Cano. They’re kidding, right?
A name I didn’t expect to see pop up in any offseason New York Mets trade rumors was Robinson Cano. The former star second baseman isn’t the man he once was on the field or in the eyes of fans. Cano is slowing down and after serving an 80-game suspension in 2018 for PED use, not on the good side of many.
Once bound for Cooperstown, Cano has regressed in his years with the Seattle Mariners. As one of the highest salaried players in baseball with another $120 million coming his way over the next five years, it would make sense to move him.
Surprisingly, Mets trade rumors have suggested they could actually become a destination for the eight-time All-Star.
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Even on the decline, Cano is one of the best offensive players at his position. Lifetime, he’s batting .304/.355/.493.
This past season, in 80 games played, he came close to matching those career totals with a batting line of .303/.374/.471. His 10 home runs and 22 doubles in a half-season still looked good for a guy who played in his age 35 season. Now 36-years-old, he’s at the point in every ballplayer’s career when numbers will dip even lower.
The Mets aren’t the only ones mentioned in potential trade talks with the Mariners. The Yankees are the other team mentioned in most rumors. Specifically, some have sighted a potential swap of Cano for Jacoby Ellsbury as one solution. A fit in The Bronx makes a whole lot more sense than Cano landing in Flushing where he’d steal playing time from Jeff McNeil and add salary to a team that could use it far better.
Meanwhile, the Mets settled with claiming near-lifetime minor leaguer Jordan Patterson off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. They did manage to snag Jim Riggleman off the scrapheap to become the team’s new bench coach. Considering his .445 lifetime winning percentage as a manager, which is 30 points lower than Mickey Callaway at the moment, I’m not too excited.
I’m not sure why the Mariners bothered contacting the Mets about Cano other than perhaps a misdial on the phone. There’s no match financially or even on the roster. As many who have covered these Mets trade rumors have already pointed out, without the benefit of a DH, how could it work?
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Cano is an exciting name. Unfortunately, it’s a little too wrinkled and smeared at this stage of his career.