We know he won’t play for the Mets next season since Major League Baseball suspended him for the entire 2021 season without pay after he tested positive for PEDs.
It is his second PED suspension, which means an automatic 162-game suspension for him. If he achieves one more suspension, he is banned from Major League Baseball forever.
The Mets should not wait and see if he can avoid having the hat trick of being suspended for PEDs. They should release him when next season is over and let him go his own way.
With Cohen’s net worth resulting in billions, he can afford to pay Cano to go away. Smart money says that likely could happen.
Mets president Sandy Alderson and Cohen plan on establishing a winning culture, and keeping Cano would negate everything they want to accomplish. If Cano can not be responsible for knowing what drug is good or bad, why should the Mets pay him and think he will get smart all of sudden when he couldn’t get it right the second time around? One would think he would learn the first time around after baseball suspended him for PEDs in 2018.
The Mets can’t tolerate any more stupidity out of anyone under the Cohen era. Cano should be made an example of the consequences that come with stupidity like this. It’s time for accountability, and there’s no better time than this.
With Cano having two more seasons left of a 10-year, $240 million contract he signed with the Seattle Mariners after next season, the Mets can release him and pay him off for the last year of his service.
It’s hard to see Cano be any use for the Mets anymore. His performance says he is on the decline, and with the Mets likely inserting Jeff McNeil at second base, there’s a chance he may never get his job back ever again. The second base turns out to be McNeil’s natural position.
Bringing Cano back would provide a reminder of how bad then-Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen screwed up trading Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn for him and Edwin Diaz. Mets fans haven’t let that go, and the only way the franchise can move forward is if he goes away.
The trade turned out to be a failure. There’s no reason to compound by trying to make this work. It just isn’t going to happen for the Mets and Cano. With Cano already on the wrong side of 30 at 38 years old, he is only going to get worse. It wouldn’t be fair for McNeil to have him lose his job at second once Cano comes back. There is no reason for Cano to ever get his job back after he failed himself and the Mets by getting another suspension.
Only Cano knows what he was thinking of taking a drug that he foolishly took. It’s hard to give him the benefit of the doubt here considering he did this the first time around and paid for it by being suspended. Doing it again is unforgivable, especially after being caught in shame the first time around.
Cano’s suspension offers Cohen and Alderson an opportunity to show the rest of the Mets players that consequences should happen for bad decisions. This is a chance for both men to make their mark in a new era. By keeping Cano, it would mean the more things change, the more things remain the same where there is no accountability.
Suspending Cano means there really is a new sheriff in town. It means cleansing and renewal from Mets fans’ perspective. It means a true fresh beginning. There’s no reason to feel bad for Cano. He knew the risks. He made enough money that he will be set unless he foolishly threw his money away. He has no one to blame but himself but what happened here.
Instead of being remembered as a player who had 3,000 hits, Cano will be remembered more for being suspended twice for taking PEDs.
His Met tenure turned out to be a disappointment as it is with his awful performance.
His suspension should end his forgettable Met tenure.
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