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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The New York Mets could fix their bullpen

While that $20 million will not be enough to land one of the top free agents, it would be enough to make a major dent in the New York Mets bullpen woes.

There were some bright spots. Edwin Diaz finally looked like the pitcher that the Mets had traded for. Jeurys Familia, Chasen Shreve, and Justin Wilson were decent. But the Mets could use another arm or two in the bullpen, especially if they are not sold that Diaz can be the closer going forward.

Fortunately for New York, there are plenty of options available. Brad Hand could be an interesting fit, either as the Mets closer of in the eighth inning, after he was let go by the Indians. Liam Hendriks would not only seemingly give the Mets another lock down closer, but he would bring an attitude to the bullpen that had been lacking.

Although the Mets had a solid offense in 2020, their pitching staff was a major problem. Injuries ruined the starting rotation, while ineffectiveness doomed the bullpen. Some of those starters will be back in 2021, leaving the bullpen as a bigger area of need.

However, the New York Mets will have plenty of competition for those top relievers. That additional $20 million could make a difference as they seek to upgrade the bullpen.