Major League Baseball has announced that New York Mets Second Baseman, Robinson Canó, will be suspended for the entirety of the 2021 season due to testing positive for PEDs. Canó was previously been suspended for performance-enhancing drugs during the 2018 season. Per MLB rules, the first time a player is found to be using PEDs, he will be suspended for half of a regular season (80 games). The second time a player is caught, he will be suspended for a full 162 game season. If a player is caught for the third time, he will then receive a lifetime ban from the MLB.
After 5 all star seasons, which included winning the 2009 World Series with the New York Yankees, Canó signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners prior to the 2014 season. Canó was traded to the Mets in the winter of 2018 along with Edwin Díaz in a blockbuster trade in exchange for top prospect Jarred Kelenic. Canó’s first season with the Mets did start well as he missed most of the first half due to injury and did very poorly offensively. He saw a major improvement in the second half of the 2019 season, and he was one of the best 2nd Basemen during 2020. With his suspension, Canó will not receive the $24 Million dollars from his contract that he was initially supposed to receive and he is still owed $48 Million on his contract once his suspension is complete. The Mets will now need to look for options at second base, and the most likely scenario is for the versatile Jeff Mcneil to move from 3rd base to 2nd base and J.D. Davis will stick at 3rd.