Francisco Lindor needs he had extra time with Robinson Cano as his teammate, however mentioned he “respects” the Mets’ determination to designate the struggling veteran for task on Monday.
A day after the star shortstop mentioned he wouldn’t be pleased if the membership dumped Cano with a view to trim its roster right down to 26 by Monday’s deadline, the Mets adopted by with the choice.
“Unhappy,” Lindor mentioned after the Mets fell to the Braves 5-2 at Citi Area. “I didn’t need to see him go, however I respect the crew’s determination. He’s an amazing man, nice teammate. I want I [could] spend extra time with him, proceed to be taught in regards to the recreation and various things that he has been by in life. However on the finish of the day, I’m with the New York Mets and I respect their determination.”
The transfer was anticipated to resonate within the clubhouse, the place the 39-year-old Cano was well-liked, however Lindor mentioned it was powerful to inform on Monday as a result of gamers had a late report time after which rapidly turned their consideration to the sport as soon as they arrived at Citi Area.
However Lindor spoke to Cano on Sunday night time after he obtained the information.
“I’m certain he was unhappy,” Lindor mentioned. “However life continues. … There’s nonetheless a pair days [until Cano’s fate is resolved, likely with the Mets releasing him], so we’ll see what occurs.”
Lindor and Cano had been teammates for less than one-plus season, although Cano was not across the crew in any respect final yr whereas serving a suspension for performance-enhancing medication. Nonetheless, Lindor mentioned he realized loads from the eight-time All-Star who has been within the main leagues since 2004.
“He’s affected person,” Lindor mentioned. “He has plenty of endurance and he’s very humble. Pleased man. He at all times had a distinct story each single day. You knew the place Cano was as a result of he was both laughing actually loud or telling a narrative actually loud. Wherever he goes, I want him nothing however the very best.”