Mets wash Robinson Cano gets one last chance with NL East rival

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After appearing unsuccessful with the Mets this season, infielder Robinson Cano will have one last chance to add to a potential Hall of Fame resume.

According to MLBtraderumors.com:

The Braves acquired an infielder Robinson Cano of the Padres for cash considerations, reports Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Twitter link).

After being released by the Mets in May, Cano signed a big contract with the Padres soon after, but was later released again after refusing the team’s request to go Triple-A. Cano’s veteran status gave him the right to opt for free agency, but after checking his options in the open market, he re-signed with San Diego to a minor league deal.

Since reporting to Triple-A El Paso, Cano has hit well, posting a .333/.375/.479 slash line in 104 plate appearances. While obviously the minor league setting (and batting-friendly environment) has to be considered, Cano’s performance gives a hint that he still has something in the tank at 39, and after having missed the entire 2021 season due to a PED suspension. Cano has beaten just .149 / .182 / .189 on 77 PA combined with the Padres and Mets at the MLB level this season.

Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports that the “Braves should add Cano to the Major League squad tomorrow.”

It’s a cheap pickup for the Braves. According to MLBtraderumors.com: “Of the $24 million owed to Cano for the 2022 season, the Braves will only have to cover the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum wage once Cano reaches the active roster, while the Mariners (3 $.75 million) and Mets cover the rest.

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