It’s always hard to make deals with the A’s. Their GM Billy Beane (of Moneyball fame) is notorious for getting all he can in trades. Cano, however, is a player that could be very useful to Oakland. The Bay Area team captured an American League Wild Card spot in 2019, repeating their finish from the previous season. Just like 2018, the Athletics were one game and done in the postseason.
The week spot in Oakland’s lineup was second baseman Jurickson Profar, His .711 OPS and shaky fielding did the A’s no favors. Cano is a good fix. He could hold down second base for a year and move to DH in 2021. Current designated hitter Khris Davis is in the last year of a two year, $33.5M contract. It’s unlikely he gets resigned, so Cano would be a ready-made replacement.
A deal with Oakland would include a heap of cash on the Mets part. New York won’t get much in return for sending Cano and money to the A’s, most likely a low-level prospect. He wouldn’t be Oakland’s first choice, but the organization has lacked any consistent star power in recent years. Cano brings some gravitas with him.
Rangers fans love veteran players. Adrian Beltre is a good example. The team and their fans were all over Beltre’s march to 3000 hits. Latin players such as Ivan Rodriguez, Elvis Andrus, and Juan Gonzalez have been very popular in the Metroplex. They can have that magic again with Cano.
With a new stadium set to open in 2020, the Rangers have set the upcoming season as one that they want to make a statement in. True Texas has Rougned Odor at second and Shin-Soo Choo as their DH. This is the last season of Choo’s seven-year, $130M contract, he is scheduled to make $21M this season.
Cano and cash (for future seasons) in exchange for Choo might get a deal done. Again, depending on how much money or who they would include, the New York Mets could also get back a player who could help them next season.
The Mets have to move Robinson Cano in order to take another step forward offensively. Hopefully, it won’t cost the team too much to make it happen.