Robinson Cano did not get off to the start he'd hoped for last season in his first year with the Mets after spending a lot of time on the IL, but it seems like he's doing all he can to make sure he stays on the field in 2020.
Speaking to the media Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Cano, who played in just 107 games in 2019 in part due to a partially torn left hamstring, said he's working on keeping his lower body in shape.
"I just need to stay healthy," Cano said on how he can be the player he normally is. "I've been working on my legs back home and something I'm going to continue doing here."
"You've just got to prevent what's happened in the past, you've got to get those parts of your body stronger so that I don't go back again and get injured."
With four more years remaining on his contract, Cano, 37, still thinks he's got a lot of good baseball left in him.
"Oh yes, for sure, why not?" Cano said. "I mean I always work hard and I love this game and this is what I know how to do. So it was just a bad year last year, I was injured. I mean that's not an excuse, but I know that if I'm healthy I can play this game the way I used to play. ...If I'm healthy, I know that I can play at my level."
The Mets are coming into this season with not only high expectations for themselves, but also from others around the league that believe more than one team in New York has a shot to compete this year.
"I'm excited about not only the lineup, but the bullpen, the whole team," Cano said about the new look group the Mets have put together all around the roster. "I think what we got here, we got the piece that we really need. We got guys that have been in the playoffs before, guys that have been in the World Series...We've got good chemistry here and that's going to be the biggest thing for us."
Cano also talked about his relationship with new Mets manager Luis Rojas, who was previously the team's quality control coach in 2019.
"I mean we get along pretty good," Cano said. "Last year we got to talk a lot in the dugout and I asked a lot of questions about the game. ...I don't want to say we're best friends, cause we're not, but we got to talk a lot last year."