PORT ST. LUCIE — Robinson Cano joined the Mets last season wanting to play every game, and that goal hasn’t changed, even at 37 years old and coming off an injury-plagued 2019.
So a prearranged workload reduction isn’t something Cano seems willing to embrace. He was asked Friday about the possibility of setting 125-130 games as a goal for the season.
“Once you set those kind of goals, 125, it’s kind of like for a guy that loves this game, loves to play baseball, loves to be out on the field, you don’t want to have that mindset,” Cano said. “Once you go into the season, you go play out every day. It depends how you feel, I think I would rather go by that and see how I feel, since I played 15 or 20 days in a row, I can say, ‘You know what, I think I need a day off today.’
“I would rather go like that then just set a goal that every five or 10 games you are going to be off, because what happens if I feel good and I am doing good? You are going to sit down today and then later on you get in a slump or whatever it is, I think I would rather go by that and see how I feel.”
Cano played his first Grapefruit League game of this spring training Friday,…