In November 2020, a few weeks after the end of the New York Mets’ regular season participation, it was revealed that second baseman Robinson Cano had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PED) for the second time. of her career.
He received a 162-game suspension as per league policy, meaning he would miss the entire 2021 campaign.
It ended up being the case: Cano, who came to New York in 2019, didn’t play at all last year.
Reports began circulating on the internet that Cano had played his last game with the Mets.
He didn’t receive any pay last year because of his suspension, so it’s safe to say it cost him $24 million.
He returned to the team over the weekend, however, and while it’s still unclear whether he’ll start the year with the Mets, that’s the more likely scenario.
For that to happen, however, Cano had to have a meeting with his teammates, which happened on Monday.
Cano had a one-on-one with his teammates
Tim Britton, who covers the Mets for The Athletic, tweeted that “Showalter said Robinson Cano addressed the team today in a tone that could be described as an apology. Said Cano can be a big part of the team. “Robby can punch when he’s 50.”
Showalter said Robinson Cano addressed the team today in a tone that could be described as an apology. Said Cano can be a big part of the team. “Robby can punch when he’s 50.”
— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) March 14, 2022
Showalter is Buck, the skipper of the Mets, and he knows a lot about clubhouse dynamics.
He understands that Cano made a mistake and apparently gives him the chance to start over and try to contribute.
But he must repay the team’s faith.
The Mets would probably prefer to trade Cano, but his value is next to nothing, being 39 and earning a salary of $24 million.
If he is lucky enough to prepare for a role, however, he might surprise a few people.
He hit .303/.352/.492 with 334 career homers and slashed .316/.352/.544 in 2020, his final season.
He may still have something in the tank to be a part-time designated hitter and emergency infielder.