Robinson Canó and Padres terminate the contract a few days after the Mets release him

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Robinson Canó and Padres terminate the contract a few days after the Mets release him

Canó, of course, was not eligible to play during the 2021 season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs for the second time in his career. He had remained a productive hitter in 2020, batting .316/.352/.544 (143 OPS+), but at his age there’s no way of knowing how the layoff impacted his ability to produce at the big-league level.

In addition to the Mets, Canó has also played with the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees. He’s made eight All-Star Games, won five Silver Slugger and two Gold Glove Awards, and has a career batting line of .302/.352/.490 (125 OPS+) with 2,632 hits and 335 home runs.

Story Highlights

  • Canó, 39, was released over the weekend by the New York Mets. The Mets had earlier assigned him for assignment after he had hit just.195/.233/.268 (48 OPS+) in 43 plate appearances, with one extra-base hit (a home run) and nine more strikeouts than walks. His average exit velocity was 85.4 mph, which was 5 mph slower than his previous season, the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

  • Voit has since returned to San Diego’s lineup, but Canó’s addition could theoretically result in a DH platoon, or in second baseman Jake Cronenworth shifting to the outfield. The Padres have received putrid production from both center fielder Trent Grisham and right fielder Wil Myers, and it’s possible Preller and company view Canó playing at second base as a more preferable arrangement. Whatever the case, Canó will make the prorated league-minimum for the rest of the season, with the Mets still on the hook for the $20 million plus left on his contract.