At the start of the Citi Field news conference welcoming him back to New York, the Mets played a video that featured some of Robinson Cano’s impressive career highlights.
All of the plays showed Cano in a Seattle Mariners uniform. None were from the nine seasons he spent with the Yankees.
Poof! The Mets made Cano’s time with the Yankees disappear.
The Mets are trying to poof! another part of Cano’s past. The part in which he was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball last season for violating the game’s substance-abuse policy.
“I don’t think he’s a drug cheat,” team COO Jeff Wilpon said. "I could be proven wrong, but I don't think he's a drug cheat."
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who acquired Cano along with closer Edwin Diaz in a seven-player deal with the Mariners, is in the unusual position of having been Cano’s agent at the time of his suspension.