Should the Mariners give Robinson Canó playing time when he returns?
The Mariners caught fire in mid-May and haven’t cooled off yet. Oddly enough, that happened just as Robinson Canó broke his right pinkie then was suspended for violating the MLB’s drug policy.
General manager Jerry Dipoto told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in a story published Monday that Canó won’t be the Mariners’ full-time second baseman when he returns in mid-August. That’s because Canó won’t be eligible to play in the postseason, and it clearly doesn’t make sense to put Dee Gordon back in the outfield for the final month and a half of the season when he’ll have to be back at second base should the current American League West leaders make the playoffs.
That brings up this question: If the Mariners are doing just fine without Canó, why play him at all when his suspension is over?
In the attached video, 710 ESPN Seattle’s Bob Stelton explains exactly why it would make the most sense for the Mariners to get the eight-time All-Star back in their lineup.