How ‘bout them New York Mets? Even if you thought they got better this offseason, you’re probably feeling like they will exceed your expectations in 2022.
As good as they are, they remain imperfect. That’s just how even the best baseball teams are. Every Death Star has its exhaust port.
The Mets are not immune to this. Through the early part of 2022, these are three imperfections lingering around what looks to be one of the best teams in the game.
Mets imperfection: Robinson Cano and everything about him
Robinson Cano is getting regular playing time this season and not just as the DH. Buck Showalter has used him at second base often as well. However, the veteran infielder who could soon become the all-time leader in home runs for a second baseman has started off weakly.
It’s not a huge issue for the Mets because of the other options they have. The problem is the salary Cano gets deposited into his bank account. His contract is still a big one and the Mets seem willing to let this become a reason to play him regularly until he figures it out.
Cano arrived to the Mets in 2019 with a PED suspension from the previous year. Poor play added fuel to the sports-hatred fire in 2019. A successful 2020 campaign could have won fans over until Cano failed yet another PED test and was suspended for all of 2021 because of it.
There’s little chance Cano can possibly redeem himself other than to voluntarily retire or start playing better. With a salary hit of just over $20 million (the Seattle Mariners are paying $3.75 million of his $24 million owed this season), he’s an expensive part-time player whose production is nowhere near what he’s getting paid.