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Mets Exit Interview: The twilight of Robinson Cano begins

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JULY 14: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 14, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - JULY 14: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 14, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 04: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets motions for the runner to slide during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

What Should We Expect in 2020?

Despite cries from scores of Mets fans saying the team should “dump Cano” in a trade, it’s not going to happen. Brodie Van Wagenen isn’t a magician.

This doesn’t mean the Mets will suffer because of Cano’s presence once again in 2020. For a lengthy period in 2019, there’s an argument to say they actually did.

I had some high expectations for Cano in his first year back in New York. He failed to deliver and I worry my decreasing hopes for him will once again not be met.

If Cano’s overall numbers look the same in 2020 as they did in 2019 at the same pace and more games played, I will consider it a success. The major difference is we need to see the Mets move him down in the lineup. As a number six or seven hitter, it’s not all that bad.

I do believe we will see this actually happen in year two. There’s a whole offseason for the Mets to evaluate his performance and allow Robbie to accept the point he’s at in his career. Pete Alonso’s monster season and a healthier lineup on Opening Day 2020 should also factor into the Mets’ decision to do the obvious: count less on Cano.

At best, Cano slashes .270/.320/.440. I don’t think he will, though. Instead, look for something like .250/.300/.410. His deficiencies showed up far too often in 2019. He’s not feared and pitchers are going to continue challenging him.

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For maybe the first time in a long time, Cano has a lot of work to do in the offseason. Baseball came naturally to him as a young man. As a veteran, it’s going to take effort to come close to playing good baseball.

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