When Robinson Cano came over in Brodie Van Wagenen's first blockbuster deal as new Mets GM, he was very specific about what he wanted his role to be on his new team.
And that role is being the Mets' everyday second baseman.
"To be honest, it's hard when you have to move around when you play second base for 14 years," he told SNY's Steve Gelbs back at his introductory press conference with new closer Edwin Diaz. "Hopefully I'll be able to play second base every day."
Well, that is exactly what Van Wagenen has in mind for Cano, confirming to Mike Francesa on WFAN's "Mike's On" on Monday that the 36-year-old will hold that role heading into Spring Training. But that doesn't mean he will always be manning second when he's between the lines.
Van Wagenen said there may come a time when Cano needs to move to first base to help the team.
"Cano is playing in the National League for the first time," Van Wagenen said. "He showed last year he can play first base, so it won't be a total shock if late in games we're pinch hitting and he slides over to first base."
Now, the Mets currently have a few players that can man first base, including Dom Smith, Peter Alonso, and J.D. Davis among others. It is because of this that Cano likely won't see a start at first base.
But in certain situations, as Van Wagenen pointed out, Cano may need to switch gloves in the dugout to keep his bat in the lineup.
"I think the way we set it up now is I don't know if he'll start any games at first base, but he certainly could find himself there as we're double-switching in games later on and using all of our pieces accordingly," Van Wagenen said.
Cano did see get a small taste of playing first last season with the Mariners, starring in 14 games at the position. In over 88.2 innings at first, Cano made only one error, but categorized the experience as "bad memories."
Bad memories or not, it looks like Van Wagenen wants Cano to pack an extra first base glove as Spring Training officially gets underway at the this week.