The offseason is long and often takes some time before some intriguing news hits the headlines. The New York Mets snag the headline first by making the first big move of the offseason coming into the 2019 season. The Mets traded numerous prospects along with Jay Bruce to the Seattle Mariners for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, who was an All-Star this past season.
Cano, entering his age 36 season, is one of the best second baseman of this generation. Cano nearly has 2,500 hits, over 500 doubles, 300 homeruns and 1,200 RBIs to go with seven All-Star selections and one World Series ring. Cano would be a prime candidate to go to the Hall of Fame when he retires if it were not for testing positive for a PED earlier this year. The Mets, however, are not concerned about whether he will go to the Hall of Fame and are just trying to build a winning team. The Mets needed to add another big bat, and they believed that Cano was more than capable of being that person to give their lineup the thump it needs.
There are already a swarm of questions surrounding this deal’s value. Cano just turned 36 years old and has five years left on his 10-year contract; not to mention is owed $120 million. While Cano was not bad during the first half of the monstrous deal that he signed back in 2014, but the concern is that the Mets are getting him at the back-end of his contract which could be a disaster.
A lot of people are against the super long-term deals because you cannot assume that a player is going to perform at a high level for ten years. A lot of players do not even last in the Major Leagues for ten years. One thing to keep in mind is that Cano has stayed very healthy during his 14-year career. Excluding this season, as he was serving his suspension, the lowest number of games played in a season for him was 122 back in 2006. The Mets will gladly take a consistent and durable hitter, who may not be in his prime, but could potentially be productive.
Will this streak of good fortune in the health department continue for the next five seasons as he pushes his late 30’s? That is the risk the Mets are willing to take. The other big pick up was the M’s closer, Edwin Diaz who posted an incredible 2018 campaign.
57 Saves (first in the league)
Given the way the Mets’ bullpen is shaping up without the presence of Jeurys Familia, they desperately needed an electric arm like Diaz. Now at the very least they have someone they can rely on at the back end to close.
With this move, we have an idea on what the Mets’ intentions are for the 2019 season. They want to be significantly better than they were the past two seasons and not be straight sellers. This may or may not put trade rumors involving Noah Syndergaard to rest, and now they can focus on building around the talent they have.
Will the New York Mets be a postseason contender in 2019? They are not quite there; there is still a lot of work to be done. Obviously, they should be better, but most people will agree they need more help. Given the risk of this deal, it appears that this could be something they will regret in the long-term given how much is left on Cano’s deal. Since they did make this deal, they need to build the team to win in the next year or two. If they choose not to go that route, taking on Cano’s contract will be a colossal waste of time and resources.