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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: A General View of the game between the New York Mets against the Tampa Bay Raysat Citi Field on July 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: A General View of the game between the New York Mets against the Tampa Bay Raysat Citi Field on July 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets looks on wearing a patch on his cap in honor of the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 11, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Dump a big salary

An immediate overreaction we often see from sports fans involves the dumping of a player without much thought to the waste of money they become once released. MLB contracts are guaranteed. This is why you won’t see teams DFA a player unless they’ve become an absolute burden to the 25-man roster.

We have seen the Mets DFA several players in recent years. Something they haven’t really done is dump a salary on another team via trade. In fact, it’s not all that common in baseball anymore.

The Robinson Cano trade last winter with the Seattle Mariners is about as close as you can get to a “salary dump deal.” However, this trade included several bad contracts going to Seattle and young players changing teams, too.

Cano is one of those guys many Mets fans would rather see get dumped elsewhere. After a lackluster season and another year of his bones wearing down, who would do this?

The Mets are fortunate that they don’t have many big contracts on the books right now. Cespedes’ deal is a bad one and another I’ve seen fans suggest they move. Again, nobody is paying a cent of it.

Aside from those two, the only other players on this team making significant money and underperforming are Jeurys Familia and Jed Lowrie. Nobody will touch Familia with a 50-inch poll (even the narrator from The Grinch would touch him with a 49 ½ inch one) and Lowrie has yet to prove he is healthy. There is a chance the Mets are able to swap one of them for an equally as bad contract. I would place the possibility of that in my folder marked “probably not.”

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