WASHINGTON — The Mets could meet their newly released second baseman as early as June.
According to multiple reports Thursday, Robinson Cano is in discussions with the San Diego Padres over a free-agent contract.The deal may not be finalized before the end of the day, but according to MLB Network, the two sides have made progress Jon MorosiThe Padres will have Kano’s Flyers as their designated hitter for a fraction of the cost, and there aren’t many downsides other than PED-related baggage.
Cano, 39, was designated by the Mets to cut the roster from 28 to 26 ahead of MLB’s May 2 deadline. Mets owner Steve Cohen told general manager Billy Eppler to “make baseball decisions” about the many ways the front office could handle roster cuts.
The veteran second baseman struggled in 12 games with the Mets (0.195 at-bats) and took key at-bats away from other bench players like JD Davis and Dominic Smith as he became A strange person, the decision was a bit surprising to the organization. Under the leadership of the Wilpon-owned Mets, it’s easy to see the club hanging on to Cano for the money left over from Cano’s contract.
The Mets still owe Cano less than $40 million through the 2023 season. If the Padres sign him, they will be required to pay the league minimum of $700,000 for his left-handed bat. The question is whether Kano will find luck on the West Coast after returning from a 2021 suspension with the worst strikeout rate (25.6 percent) of his 17-year major league career.
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