Much like the man who brought him back to New York, Robinson Cano has high expectations for the Mets this season.
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen wanted to change the team's culture, and he did so almost immediately with a blockbuster deal that landed Cano and closer Edwin Diaz. Van Wagenen has since made other deals, like signing Jed Lowrie and Wilson Ramos, to add more firepower in what everyone hopes will be a playoff season for New York.
That's exactly what Cano envisioned when he waived his no-trade clause immediately after learning a deal was in place to send him back to the concrete jungle. He knows this team has the potential to make it back to the postseason.
After all, he's been there once or twice in New York back in the day.
"I grew up in the Yankees system. They teach you how to be a champion from the minor leagues," Cano told the media on Sunday. "To be able to win a championship, to make it to the playoffs 7-8 times it's kinda like you want to go there every year. I wasn't able to make it in Seattle and I know it's not because we didn't have a team. It's just part of the game. But, coming back here, I'm looking forward to being back in the playoffs."
Playing in the Bronx from 2005-2013, Cano missed the playoffs only twice while capturing a World Series title in 2009. However, when he shipped to the West Coast to play with the Mariners on a monster 10-year, $300 million deal, he had not touched the postseason for five seasons.
So the 35-year-old, on the tail end of his career, wants to taste October baseball once again. After a Wild Card Game loss to the Giants in 2016 and a tough World Series loss the year prior, the Mets have had two losing seasons in 2017 and 2018.
But everyone in the organization believes that trend won't reach a third straight seasons. And Cano is one of those reasons, as he offers a consistent left-handed power bat to the lineup as well as solid defense at second base.
After serving an 82-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy, Cano came back to hit .303/.374/.471 with 10 homers, 22 doubles and 50 RBI over 80 games.