It’s not every day that an 8-time MLB All-Star hits the open market at the league minimum. But that’s exactly where teams were with Robinson Cano this past month. The Mets cut him loose after parts of 4 years with the team. New York initially traded for him back in December of 2018 in a deal that also landed them Edwin Diaz.
Now, it appears that Robbie has found a new home in San Diego. The Padres are reportedly the team that is signing Cano to an MLB deal today, per Jon Heyman. Since he was cut loose by the Mets, they are on the hook for the $40.5 million left on his deal.
With Cano joining the Mets, they could have a platoon at their DH spot between him and Luke Voit. Cano turns 40 in October, but he still offers some pop from the left side. He hit 1 homerun in 12 games for the Mets before being cut loose, and he hit 10 in 49 games back in 2020. That was before he was suspended for PED use by MLB in 2021.
The move doesn’t crazy move the needle for the Padres, but it does give them some veteran experience. Cano has played in 51 playoff games across his big league career, including a World Series win with the Yankees in 2009.
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