Before the clock strikes noon on Monday, the governor must decide whether Robinson Cano deserves a stay of execution.
In this case, the governor is general manager Billy Eppler, who is opting for a popular veteran in the Mets clubhouse as MLB teams reduce rosters from 28 to 26 players.
Cano came on Sunday night with a .195/.233/.268 slash with a homer and three RBIs in 43 plate appearances since returning from a PED suspension that cost him all of 2021.
The Mets still owe the 39-year-old second baseman $37 million on a contract that runs through next season.
“I wouldn’t be happy,” said Francisco Lindor when asked about the possibility of Cano being sacked. “I don’t want that to happen. He’s a good teammate, a good person and obviously he has a great track record and we all know what he’s capable of. I don’t care how old he is, the spirit is still fresh and he can still punch.”
Lindor was asked what he saw of Cano, who has started just once in the Mets’ last five games. Cano was a part-time player, rotating between second base and DH.
“The inconsistency comes because he’s not there every day,” Lindor said. “He’s been a guy his whole career and he’s in a new role. He didn’t act last year and he’s in a new role now, so that’s what’s happening. He really hasn’t adjusted to his new role.”
Manager Buck Showalter indicated that the Mets will likely remove a pitcher before the deadline, leaving them with 14. The most obvious candidate to leave is Yoan Lopez, who was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday to replace Sean Reid-Foley, who was diagnosed with a partial ulnar collateral ligament tear.
The question remains whether the Mets will fire Cano or send a player with options to Syracuse (Dominic Smith, JD Davis and Luis Guillorme are the candidates from this group). Travis Jankowski has emerged as a reliable backup outfielder that Showalter and Eppler like and has no remaining minor league options. If the Mets selected him for a deployment, he would have to file waivers before he could return to the organization.
Smith started Sunday with a .167/.295/.194 slash with four RBIs in 44 plate appearances, essentially serving as a duplicate of Cano as a left-handed DH hitter. The Mets considered the possibility of selling Smith to the Padres during spring training, but ultimately backed out of a deal that would have brought in pitcher Chris Paddack.
Davis and Guillorme seem safe because they have specific roles as bench right-handers and backup shortstops, respectively.
Jankowski, who signed a minor league contract during spring training, said he has “no worries” about losing his roster spot.
“I know my role,” said Jankowsi. “Fourth type of outfielder where it’s all about being a defensive back-up late in the game, stealing a pocket, scoring with a double from the start. It’s one of those things that’s crucial in this game. It is needed for a successful team. Hopefully this game continues and tends in that direction.”
Showalter indicated that the topic of roster cuts was discussed at length, and Eppler sought input from all corners.
“It’s tough because we have good people and good players and Billy has been with us since spring practice,” Showalter said. “We talked about it. Billy is a great collector of information from people and asks for a lot of opinions and a great listener and absorbs it all and at the end of the day I feel like everyone will feel like they contributed. That’s all you ask.”
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