Best Case Scenario
Cano isn’t the same player he used to be. However, it’s hard to really say he’s wasting a roster spot.
Last year, even with a suspension that took away half the season, Cano stayed on the field. He played in 80 games for the Mariners and hit .303/.374/.471.
To the naked eye, his years in Seattle were nothing like the ones he spent with the New York Yankees. When looking at the slash lines, they are quite comparable. As a member of the Yankees, Cano batted .309/.355/.504. With the Mariners, it dropped to only .296/.353/.472. The move away from Yankee Stadium is the likeliest culprit in the power drop-off.
Cano can still hit above or near .300. In the best case scenario, he does this for the Mets in 2019 and even beyond. I do think around 20 home runs is all he will offer. If there’s a good amount of power left in his bat, expect him to turn a few of them into doubles.
It was only back in 2016 when Cano hit a career-high 39 home runs. We shouldn’t expect him to do this. A year with 20 home runs and 35 doubles would be strong enough. As the projected three-hole hitter, perhaps we also see him drive in 100 runs.
Cano could give the Mets’ lineup a professional, consistent hitter. By placing him third, he should help those around him. We can imagine a variety of players batting second or fourth. Anyone who does could benefit from having Cano batting before or after.
Business as usual is the best case scenario when it comes to Cano’s first year with the Mets. If he competes for the team’s batting title and drives in a lot of runs, it’s a success.