The Internet is burning up Tuesday with reports the Mets are being “aggressive” in a possible pursuit of steroid-tainted All-Star Robinson Cano. I say it is a very, very bad idea.
The reports say the Mets would want the Mariners to pay $50 million of the $120 million Cano is owed over the next five years. They would also have to take Jay Bruce and his $26 million over the next two seasons. Oh, and the Mariners would have to include someone like 24-year-old closer Edwin Diaz, who saved 57 games last season. That’s a lot for the Mariners to give up to get rid of only part of Cano’s contract.
Now to Robinson Cano himself. Let’s put aside the steroids for a moment. He just turned 36 years old, which is the danger zone for a baseball player. Cano has had an incredible career, but is he one of those elite guys who will still be able to perform in his late 30s? Or is he yet another player who falls off the cliff after age 35?
And what kind of player will Cano be without PEDs? We can assume he has used them his entire career. Now he will be asked to play without them. Add in his advanced age (and his expensive contract, even with the Mariners paying part of it) and that is just too big a gamble for the Mets to take.
The Mets need to get younger and stop going after players whose best years are behind them. Robinson Cano is not the answer to the Mets ills. There is just as good a chance he would add to them.