In the 2018 offseason, the New York Mets made a blockbuster trade with the Seattle Mariners sending Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Gerson Bautista, along with prospects Jared Kelenic and Justin Dunn to the Mariners in exchange for former all-stars Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.
From the jump, this was a very questionable trade at best. The Mets were sending two of their top prospects in exchange for a closer and an aging second baseman on a horrible contract. Jared Kelenic was the big piece of the deal and even though he's struggled, Cano is the reason why they still lost this trade.
Despite his all-star status, Mets fans are done with Robinson Cano and have been for awhile. Here are three reasons why.
1. Mets fans don't like Robinson Cano because of the trade.
The Mets acquired the 36 year old Cano with the expectation that he was still in his prime. He was still putting up good numbers in Seattle, but it was clear he wasn't the same guy. His power numbers were declining and he didn't have the same range in the field.
The Mets hit Cano in the number three spot in the order consistently in 2019 despite him having nowhere near the production worthy of being a number three hitter.
Even though Kelenic hasn't broken out yet, all signs point to it happening eventually. Even if it doesn't, the Mets could have used that asset to flip for actual good talent, not a washed up Robinson Cano and a closer (although Edwin Diaz is absolutely elite and has been since 2019.)