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Mets Morning News: Robinson Cano suspended for PEDs, Mets eye Mike Chernoff for front office

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Meet the Mets

Almost unbelievably, Robinson Cano tested positive for PEDs for the second time in his career and will be suspended for the 2021 season.

What was once a Hall of Fame trajectory for the second baseman, is almost assuredly gone now that he has tested positive again.

Cano’s tenure with the Mets could be over with this latest suspension, but it does free up the team to make other moves now that the $20 million he was owed next season is off the books.

D.J. LeMahieu could be an option to replace Cano, which would pit the Mets and Yankees against each other in trying to sign the MVP finalist.

LeMahieu is just one option available to the team, they could still go in other directions with the extra money they have to play with.

The other big Mets news of the day was that Indians GM Mike Chernoff has emerged as the the front runner to take over as president of baseball operations for the Mets, but it is still unclear if he is interested in taking the job.

It was no secret GM Brodie Van Wagenen coveted J.T. Realmuto but he ended up with a division rival when the team could not meet the Marlins’ asking price. The team now has a second chance to finally get their man.

Robin Ventura has gone from player, to manager, to college student as he works to finish his degree at his alma mater.

Around the National League East

Talking Chop reviewed the seasons of Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr.

Despite being a rookie general manager, there is nobody more prepared for the position than Kim Ng.

Will 2021 be the year Gary Sheffield gets inducted into the Hall of Fame?

Despite Theo Epstein stating he would like to take a year off from baseball, the Phillies are going to reach out to him for their vacant president of baseball operations position.

The Nationals signed signed lefty Sam Clay to a major league deal.

Around Major League Baseball

Despite winning the World Series, the Dodgers still plan on laying off employees which they stated is due to lost revenue from the pandemic.

Free agent George Springer should be a coveted free agent this offseason since he has been one of the best offensive outfielders in the league the past two years.

Now that Theo Epstein will no longer be with the Cubs, what does the future hold for the team?

Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler is stepping away from the team and will be replaced by Peter Seidler.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Christian Romo tried to find the Mets the starting pitching they so desperately need.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1979, the Mets’ board of directors at the time announced they intended to sell the team before the start of the 1980 season. Of course the team would eventually bought by Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon which sealed this team’s fate until finally coming full circle with the Wilpons selling the team themselves.