The New York Mets declared on Monday that veteran second baseman Robinson Cano has been selected for assignment, eliminating him from the team’s 40-person roster and properly ending his time with the Mets.
All MLB teams were being essential to trim their roster from 28 to 26 gamers by Monday, and Cano’s DFA, along with pitcher Yoan Lopez remaining optioned to Triple-A, obtained the Mets to 26 gamers.
Cano, 39, has not been undertaking properly with the Mets. More than 12 online games and 43 plate appearances, he is strike .195/.233/.268 with a person dwelling run. Even though it really is only 12 games, the Mets are a supernova proper now (they have gained all seven series they have performed due to the fact opening working day and have the ideal history in the Nationwide League). With the crew on this sort of a tear, they really don’t have the time (or potentially the motivation) to see if Cano will find his swing and make improvements to his timing. Regardless of owing Cano about $37 million for his 2022 and 2023 income, the Mets — and operator Steve Cohen’s very fats wallet — made a decision to shift on.
Cano’s time with Mets complicated by suspension
Cano’s rustiness is not just because of to the prolonged lockout for the duration of the offseason, which bled into spring instruction and subsequently delayed the get started of the normal season. He was suspended for the full 2021 year right after tests good for Stanozolol, a drug which is banned by MLB underneath its functionality-improving drug coverage. Cano really had a past suspension on his report, as he missed 80 video games in 2018 immediately after testing good for the banned drug Furosemide.
The Mets, of program, did not foresee that Cano would take a look at good a next time when they traded for him ahead of the 2019 year — though he did occur with superior anticipations and a in the same way superior cost tag. Cano signed a 10-12 months, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners in 2013, and the trade intended the Mets have been on the hook for the remainder of that offer. But the Mets likely figured Cano would be well worth it, considering the fact that he’d hit .296/.353/.472 with 107 dwelling operates in 5 seasons with the Mariners, which was fairly near to how he’d done in his heyday with the New York Yankees.
It didn’t pretty operate out that way. He strike a mediocre .256 with 13 dwelling operates in 2019, the only complete 162-match period he’d invest with the Mets. He bounced again in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, hitting above .300 in 49 game titles, but that wasn’t more than enough to earn Cano extra time to correct the ship following his 2021 suspension.
It really is not distinct what Cano will do next. He’ll have to check with the Mets for his launch (until a staff puts in a claim for him, which is highly not likely), and then he is free to signal with other groups. His times as a starter are in excess of, but Cano could uncover a household on a team that demands a veteran presence, as very long as he’s ready to fill a bench role.