The Mets appear to be nearing a deal that would bring Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz to Flushing. It may seem like a solid move on paper, but there are some red flags. Let’s take a look:
An eight-time All-Star who still knows how to hit, Cano would be a professional hitter with some pop in the Mets lineup.
Cano hit .303/.374/.471 with 10 homers and 22 doubles through 348 plate appearances in 2018. That includes a .317/.363/.497 line upon returning from a PED suspension.
Not a great second baseman, but he is still better defensively than anything the Mets have at the position right now, including Jeff McNeil, who might be a part of the trade anyway.
If the Mets can make the Mariners take Jay Bruce, it not only unloads the $28 million that is owed Bruce over the next two years, it frees up a logjam at right field and first base that he creates.
Cano just turned 36 in October and his play will only decline with age.
He is coming off a season in which he missed 80 games when he was suspended for PED use. As the Mets well know from experience with their former closer Jenrry Mejia, if Cano is caught using PEDS again, he faces a 162-game suspension.
When he left, former Yankee (and Met) hitting coach Kevin Long publicly commented that Cano lacked hustle and effort at times.