New York Mets: Three moves to make with Robinson Cano’s salary

MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 18: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout during the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 18, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 18: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets looks on from the dugout during the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 18, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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As Robinson Cano has been suspended for the 2021 season, the New York Mets have an unexpected windfall. Let’s look at some moves they should make with that money.

One could understand if maybe, just maybe, the New York Mets were not as disappointed in Robinson Cano‘s suspension as they appeared to be publicly. While money may not be an issue during this offseason, his $24 million salary no longer being a concern opens additional avenues as ownership looks to improve the team.

For the Mets, this means that they now have an additional $20 million to spend. The Mariners are saving $4 million, their part of his annual salary that they still owe. With numerous holes on the roster, and an owner that wants to win now, the Mets offseason just got a lot more interesting.

What will the New York Mets do with Robinson Cano’s salary? Let’s look at three options.

A major splash could be forthcoming

The New York Mets have been expected to make a major splash in free agency. This additional $20 million could help with that.

At this point, the Mets are considered to be amongst the favorites to land every top free agent. They have been linked to the likes of Trevor Bauer and J.T. Realmuto, two targets that would make perfect sense in Citi Field.

Not only is Realmuto arguably the top free agent, but he is also the best catcher in the game. His excellent production with the bat and stellar defense would make him an instant upgrade for the Mets, another weapon on both sides of the game. Bauer had a career season in 2020, and while there is risk that he never replicates that showing, he would provide the Mets with another top of the rotation arm.

Chances are, it will take more than the $20 million per season to bring either player to New York. Both players understandably have their sights set on setting salary records at their positions. Steve Cohen has already indicated that he will spend whatever is necessary to build a championship roster, but that extra money cannot hurt in the Mets pursuit of these players.

The New York Mets could use those savings to make a major splash. That $20 million may not be enough on its own to land either player, but it would be a good start.