The New York Mets have appointed the struggling infielder Robinson Cano to task.
Cano, 39, who owe $ 24 million each of the next two seasons, hit just 0.195 with a home run and three RBIs in 41 slaughterhouses this season. He was suspended for the 2021 season after violating MLB’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.
All MLB teams must reduce their lists by two players to 26 by Monday. The Mets also selected right-hander Yoan Lopez for Triple-A Syracuse Sunday night as one of those moves.
The Mets bought Cano from the Seattle Mariners in 2018, in a deal that also brought Edwin Diaz closer to New York. The Mets handed over the esteemed outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic as part of the package sent to Seattle.
In three seasons with the Mets, Cano beat .269 with 24 homeruns and 72 RBIs.
An eight-time All-Star, Cano has a career average of 0.302 with 335 homeruns and 1,305 RBIs in 17 seasons. He has 2,632 career hits, the third most among active players.
Canos agent Brodie Van Wagenen, who was the Mets’ general manager at the time of the big deal, told the New York Post that his client “absolutely still wants to play.”
“In the right situation, he can still make a meaningful contribution to a team,” he told the newspaper.
Van Wagenen added that Cano has a “great deal of respect” for the Mets and “understands that they had a difficult decision to make. He wishes them good luck in the future.”