The last week in MLB was about a player testing positive for a PED again, an executive decides to step down, and a team in the National League is interested in a third baseman.
New York Mets Second Baseman Robinson Cano Suspended for 2021 Season
New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended without pay for the 2021 season by Major League Baseball last week after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, per a league announcement.
MLB officially announces Robinson Cano has tested positive for the PED Stanozolol and will be suspended for the entire 2021 season. It is Cano's second PED suspension. pic.twitter.com/9d8W60T3p1
— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) November 18, 2020
This marks the second time that Cano has tested positive for the banned substance stanozolol as he was suspended for 80 games in 2018.
He will have to forfeit his $24-million salary for the 2021 campaign.
He is scheduled to make $24 million in each of the next two seasons.
Cano was solid for the Mets last year by compiling a .316 batting average and .896 OPS in 49 games with 10 home runs, nine doubles, and 30 RBIs.
The second baseman has a resume worthy of the Hall of Fame, given he has tallied 2,624 hits in 16 seasons.
However, the second positive test for PEDs could prevent him from being enshrined into Cooperstown.
The Mets could decide they do not want Cano part of their organization after the 2021 season and release him.
Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein Decides to Step Down
Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations, who is Theo Epstein, has decided to step down, per a team announcement.
Jed Hoyer, who currently has a role as their executive vice president and general manager, will take over.
Epstein made a statement and mentioned he wanted to take a break from baseball, per Jon Greenberg of The Athletic.
Epstein was entering the last year of his contract with the Cubs, and the team could have an interesting offseason.’
The best players on their roster, such as Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, and Kyle Schwarber, are entering their last years of club control.
Epstein joined the franchise after the 2011 season, and the Cubs went through a rebuilding period for a couple of seasons.
However, they broke their 108-year title drought with a World Series title in 2016.’
Epstein did a remarkable job of turning the Cubs into a winning organization.
He should not have a problem landing another job when he is ready, as he has a stellar resume.
Los Angeles Dodgers Interested in Colorado Rockies Third Baseman Nolan Arenado
The Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in acquiring third baseman Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
The Dodgers were interested in Arenado last winter, but a deal did not happen as the Rockies were against dealing the third baseman within their own division.
The Dodgers need a third baseman currently as NLCS MVP Justin Turner is a free agent.
The club has the prospect capital and financial resources to make a deal.
An issue not for the Dodgers but any team looking to acquire Arenado is his contract.
Arenado has a no-trade clause and can exercise an opt-out clause after the 2021 season.
If he does not opt-out, he will make $164 million over the following five seasons through 2026.
There is some logic for the Rockies to become sellers.
They could lose Arenado for nothing if he opts out, but shortstop Trevor Story will become an MLB free agent next winter.
- Chris is a 29-year old New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at @aecanada12.
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