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Robinson Cano At Mets' Spring Training: 'I Feel Like I'm 25'

February 17, 2019 - 4:47 pm
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By WFAN.com

Robinson Cano is feeling young as the Mets prepare for the 2019 season.

“I feel like I am 25,” Cano told reporters on Sunday.

The 36-year-old second baseman missed 80 games last season due to a PED suspension. Last December, the Seattle Mariners traded Cano, Edwin Diaz and $20 million to the Mets for Jay Bruce, Jarred Kelenic, Anthony Swarzak, Gerson Bautista and Justin Dunn.

Cano is an eight-time All-Star, a five-time Silver Slugger Award winner and twice captured second base Gold Glove Awards.

He batted .303 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs in a suspension-shortened 2018 season.

Manager Mickey Callaway is optimistic about Cano's presence in the clubhouse. Cano was a member of the Yankees' 2009 World Series championship team.

“David Wright, the captain, is gone now, and he’s not going to have that presence in the clubhouse like he’s had for so many years,” Callaway said. “So, to bring in a guy like Cano, a Hall of Fame-type player that does everything the right way, thinks about baseball in a winning sense — we talked to him about baseball, he cares about winning, that is all he cares about. And he’s going to be able to deliver that message to all our young guys.”

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Cano is a .304 lifetime batter and has averaged 24 home runs and 96 RBIs across his career per 162 games played.

“If I have the chance to go out and play every day, I would love to, so I don’t want to sit back from that, especially if you are used to playing like that,” he said. “I hate to be sitting on the bench and watching the game.”

The Mets have their first full squad workout on Monday and play their first spring training game against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.