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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Locking up the New York Mets core

Although several key members of the New York Mets are under team control for years to come, this may be a great time to look towards extensions.

There are impending free agents that the Mets may want to look towards extending. Both Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman are slated to hit free agency after the 2021 season. Both pitchers have injury questions, but if they can show that they are healthy, it may be worthwhile for the Mets to explore extensions with both.

The same is true in the lineup. Pete Alonso has the potential to be the next face of the franchise, a possible cornerstone player at first. Both Jeff McNeil and Domonic Smith could be worth locking into a long term deal before they reach arbitration. Michael Conforto is also set to reach free agency in 2021, and could be a player that the Mets consider locking up.

As the Mets look to become a perennial contender and to act like a large market team, they will need to spend the money to do so. Locking in those players who can be a part of that future will go a long way towards putting the Mets where Steve Cohen envisions.

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The New York Mets have $20 million more to spend. There are plenty of ways they can use that money to improve the roster for both 2021 and for the long term.