The New York Mets have released 2nd baseman Robinson Cano, despite still owing him the $45 million dollars remaining on his contract. Yet another former Met that will continue to collect a paycheck while never playing for the team again.
In fairness, it’s not as if Cano has been playing well, or at all as of late. He’s coming off another lengthy PED suspension, and has struggled to perform in the times he has found himself on the field throughout his time with the Mets. But to reach the point of needing to pay a guy $45 million to go away is just bad business.
And unfortunately for Mets fans, it’s just par for the course as ineptitude has become the general expectation of the current ownership and management team. It’s almost as if the Mets are continuously being managed in an ironic fashion, regularly baffling baseball minds with senseless signings and trades that make them worse in both the short term and long term.
With that being said, a move like this comes as no surprise once you realize the team involved is the New York Mets. They have quite an interesting history of paying ex-players long after their tenure with the team comes to an end. The best example of this is Bobby Bonilla.
July 1st has hilariously become referred to as “Bobby Bonilla Day” as the Mets continue to pay Bonilla over $1 million dollars a year every 1st of July, and they are on the hook to continue doing so until 2035.
While it is incredibly unlikely that we ever see another deal structured in such a way, it’s just yet another example of the New York Mets paying someone a lot of money to NOT play for them.