Francisco Lindor wishes he had more time with Robinson Cano as his teammate, but said he “respects” the Mets’ decision to appoint the fighting veteran to the task on Monday.
One day after the star stopper said he would not be happy if the club dumped Cano to trim its list down to 26 before Monday’s deadline, the Mets followed up with the decision.
“Sad,” Lindor said after the Mets fell to the Braves 5-2 at Citi Field. “I did not want to see him go, but I respect the team’s decision. He’s a great guy, good teammate. I wish I was [could] spend more time with him, keep learning about the game and different things that he has been through in life. But in the end, I’m with the New York Mets and I respect their decision. “
The move was expected to resonate in the clubhouse, where the 39-year-old Cano was well-liked, but Lindor said it was hard to say on Monday because the players had a late reporting time and so quickly turned their attention to the game once. they arrived at Citi Field.
But Lindor spoke to Cano Sunday night after receiving the news.
“I’m sure he was sorry,” Lindor said. “But life goes on.… There are still a few days [until Cano’s fate is resolved, likely with the Mets releasing him]so we have to see what happens. “
Lindor and Cano were teammates in just one-plus season, though Cano was not around the team at all last year while serving a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Still, Lindor said he learned a lot from the eight-time All-Star, who has been in the major leagues since 2004.
“He’s patient,” Lindor said. “He has a lot of patience and he’s very humble. Happy guy. He always had a different story every single day. You knew where Cano was because he either laughed really loud or told a story really loud. Wherever he goes I wish him nothing but the best. “