New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano has been banned for the entire 2021 MLB season due to a positive performance enhancing drug test, according to league commissioner Rob Manfred.
This would not be the first time Cano has been suspended — after missing 80 games in the 2018 season with the Seattle Mariners from testing positive with a diuretic.
According to the joint drug agreement between the MLB and the Players’ Association, a second positive PED test results in a 162-game suspension — and as a result, Cano will forfeit his $24 million salary.
This comes almost three weeks after the MLB approved the purchasing of the Mets by Steve Cohen. Some change is expected with new ownership, but perhaps this suspension will prompt even more change to the franchise in the 2021 MLB season.