Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano out of the Majors

The New York Mets designated infielder Robinson Cano for assignment.

Cano, 39, has struggled mightily this season, hitting .195 with a home run and three RBIs in 41 at-bats this season. He is owed $24m each of the next two years as part of a 10-year, $240m deal he signed with the Seattle Mariners ahead of the 2014 season. 

Cano’s usual second-base spot has been occupied by 30-year-old Jeff McNeil, who has the league’s seventh-best batting average of .361 this season; McNeil also has one longshot and 10 RBIs.

All Major League Baseball teams had to free two roster spots by Monday, and Cano was one of the unlucky picks. Righty Yoan Lopez was also optioned to the Syracuse Mets, New York’s Triple-A affiliate.

Cano landed in the Big Apple in 2018 as a part of a trade that also brought closer Edwin Diaz to the Mets, while highly-touted prospect Jarred Kelenic was sent to the Mariners. Cano missed the 2021 season after he was suspended for violating league policy regarding performance-enhancing drugs. In his three seasons of action with the Mets, he hit .269 with 24 homers and 72 RBIs.

The aging slugger made eight All-Star teams and hit .302 for 335 home runs in his career. He also has 2,632 career hits, the third-most amongst active players.