Robinson Cano and his big contract return in 2022
In addition to the talent the Mets already have, they have money being added back onto the books next season without signing or trading for anyone with Robinson Cano. Currently out for the 2021 season due to a positive PED test, the Mets do not have to pay him for this current season, but will next season when he is set to return.
Cano is still under contract for two more seasons, each at a little over $20 million once the Mets receive money from the Mariners as part of the trade that sent the former All-Star to Queens. Although Cohen has plenty of money, $20 million a season is a lot of money to eat for a guy that will be 39 and 40 coming off a PED suspension. The Mets should take advantage of not paying him this season and utilize the money to further strengthen the roster for a possible parade in late October or early November.
Relative even playing field
Shockingly enough, no MLB team has really separated themselves from the pack yet. Two weeks into June, all the divisions are still pretty tight at the top. The only division that does not look like it will have an exciting race down the stretch is the American League Central. Every National League division is set up for at least a three-team race in each.
With no team having steamed rolled the league yet as the Dodgers have in recent years, it gives the Mets a better chance of making a deep run. Although there are very strong teams in the league that will definitely give the Mets a run for their money, there is no team when I look around that makes me think “oh no” or “we don’t have a chance”.
Once the Amazins get back to full strength or at least close to it and possibly add a few pieces at the trade deadline, we could see them as a clear favorite in which they will need to go all-in on the season.