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MLB Lockout 2021: Proposing a Yankees, Mets trade to send Robinson Cano back to the Bronx, Aaron Hicks to Queens

Written by Doug Rush

MLB Lockout 2021: Proposing a Yankees, Mets trade to send Robinson Cano back to the Bronx, Aaron Hicks to Queens

Most fans are already sick of the lockout that took place last week for Major League Baseball, which has the winter off-season on hold.

No free agent moves. No trade offers. Nothing. Yep, this lockout sucks.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t do trade proposals from the Baseball Trade Value’s trade simulator machine that have been all over the place. And here is the latest one involving the New York Yankees and New York Mets.

The Mets acquire Aaron Hicks and Chad Green. The Yankees acquire Robinson Cano and the Mets pay for half of the Cano contract, which is 2 years and $41 million.

So why would this work for both teams?

For the Mets side, it would be buying low on Hicks, who as a glove, is a good fielder. With Starling Marte there, Hicks could go to either corner. As a hitter, he’s hit or miss. But his fielding ability is what draws you. Chad Green as a reliever can be very good. He’s been used as a relief starter and at times, a closer in need. His value in a bullpen is key, which is something valuable for the Mets.

For the Yankees, it’s bringing back Cano after eight years to where he shouldn’t have left. Because he’s a lefty bat, he’s still valuable for a team that is too right handed.

Cano slides in as a DH, an occasional second baseman, an occasional first baseman and once in a while, at third. Value. Even at 39 years old, Cano has it.

The Mets and Yankees don’t make many deals, but then again, Billy Eppler once worked with Brian Cashman when he was the Yankees assistant GM from 2012-2014, so the familiarity can definitely help.

This is a case where selling low on certain players could help some in new scenarios. Or in Cano’s case, a return to home.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.