[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The writing was on the wall for Robinson Cano.

His tenure with the New York Mets was coming to an end. At age 39, Cano played 107 games in 2019, 49 games in 2020, missed the entire 2021 because of an MLB performance-enhancing drug suspension, and coasted into 2022 with his career on fumes.

Not only are his days in Queens over, Cano’s professional baseball career may be over as well. He has not resembled the All-Star caliber player we had come accustomed to seeing (see 2007-2014) in five or six years. Injuries and PED’s slowed and sidelined Cano in recent years.

Now he is free to find a team who will take a flier on him and hope that Cano can regain his bat speed and eventually return to some semblance of his former self.

The news was met with mixed reaction today. Francisco Lindor told the New York Post he “wouldn’t be happy.”

That’s understandable. Cano is a friend and a mentor to Lindor.

“He’s a good teammate, a good person and obviously he’s got a great track record and we all know what he’s capable of doing. I don’t care how old he is, the mind is still fresh and he can still hit … The inconsistency is coming because he’s not in there every day … He really hasn’t adjusted to the new role that he has.” – Francisco Lindor on Robinson Cano

The other reaction, mostly from the Mets fan base on social media, is one of good riddance. This is understandable too. Cano, when he did get an opportunity, did not perform. In 12 games, Cano hit .195 and struck out 11 times. His bat was slower and he was swinging wildly in an attempt to make contact. That’s not Robinson Cano.

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