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Mets: Best options to replace Robinson Cano at second base

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets in action against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citi Field on September 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets in action against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citi Field on September 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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WEST PALM BEACH, FL – MARCH 08: The The New Era cap, Rawlings glove and Nike sunglasses of Jay Bruce #19 of the New York Mets in the dugout during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ball Park of the Palm Beaches on March 8, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Trade/Free Agent

While the Mets have a few good options in house to replace Cano at second base in the forms of McNeil, Rosario and Gimenez, they’re limited beyond that in terms of depth at the position.

Due to the lack of a minor league season in 2020, it is very doubtful the Mets call up a rookie prospect to help fill the void at the starting position. If they don’t want to go with any of the 3 previously mentioned players to replace Cano, they will have to either pursue a trade or sign a Free Agent.

Rumors are circulating that the Mets could pursue SS Francisco Lindor, and that trade could also prompt a move to Second Base for Rosario, however, Lindor comes with a hefty price tag for the trade, and simply signing one from Free Agency may be the more attractive option.

The Mets could go for a Blue Chip option, such as former All-Star DJ LeMahieu, seeing as Cano’s suspension has taken a lot of money off the books for 2021, or they could sign a less expensive player to a 1-2 year deal to fill the void until Cano’s likely return in 2022.

As for option in that range, notable players such as Dee Gordon, Johnathan Villar and Tommy LaStella each fit the bill, and former Mets Adeiny Hechavarria, Joe Panik, or Neil Walker could also be worth a look.

Regardless of which direction the Mets choose to take in terms of replacing Cano, the simple point is that they have many options, and several in house ones to choose from.

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Let’s just hope that under the new leadership of Steve Cohen, whoever the Mets do decide to fill the spot with, this second baseman works out better than Jed Lowrie’s stint at second base.

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