With all the talk surrounding the potential Robinson Cano trade for the New York Mets, Jeff McNeil is not phased.
If the New York Mets’ recent deal goes through, they’ll finally have a reputable second baseman to work with.
Oh wait. They have Jeff McNeil? Oh right, we forgot.
As we speak, the Mets are in talks to bring Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to Flushing and that could spell trouble for McNeil, who is the current second baseman for the Mets.
“I mean, I see it,” McNeil told reporters on the rumors about Cano coming to the Mets. “It’s hard not to see it, but I try not to think as much about it and kinda go about my business.”
The 26-year-old infielder played in 63 games for the Mets last season, posting a .329 batting average with three home runs and seven stolen bases. If the Mets do decide to bring Cano over, he’ll be competing with McNeil over a position he was already promised.
That’s right. The Mets’ new GM Brodie Van Wagenen already declared this offseason that McNeil would be their guy at second base.
Well, clearly it’s not making a difference to McNeil, who talked about how this potential signing could change his approach this offseason.
“I’m just doing what I can in the offseason,” McNeil told reporters. “I’m going to come in preparing to be the everyday second baseman right now. So I’m just going to work hard and come to Spring Training.”
That’s a good attitude to have right now but when Cano comes over, do you really think the Mets will pass over their new acquisition in favor of McNeil just because he was “promised” that position? Probably not.
But we just have to see how the chips fall. Right now, it looks pretty promising that Cano will be in a Mets uniform by the end of the week.
Too bad McNeil doesn’t seem to care about all of that.