Braves take over Robinson Cano – MLB Trade Rumors


July 11: Jon Heyman of the New York Post tweets that the Braves plan to add Cano to the roster today ahead of their series against Cano’s former Mets teammates.

10th of July: The Braves have acquired an infielder Robinson Canoe of the Padres for cash considerations, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Twitter link

After being released by the Mets in May, Cano signed a big league-deal with the Padres shortly afterwards, but was then released again after rejecting the team’s request to go to Triple-A. Cano’s veteran status gave him the right to sign up for a free agency, but after checking his options on the open market, he re-signed with San Diego on a minor league deal.

Since reporting to Triple-A El Paso, Cano has struck well, with a .333/.375/.479 slash over 104 at bats. While the minor league setting (and hitter-friendly environment) should obviously be taken into account, Cano’s performance does hint that he still has something in the tank at 39, and after missing out on the entire 2021 season due to a PED delay. Cano hit just .149/.182/.189 over 77 combined PA with the MLB-level Padres and Mets this season.

The Braves clearly saw something they liked and will now bring Cano back to NL East to see if he can revive his career. Atlanta has developed a knack for hitting gold on struggling veterans, and it had only been a year since the club picked up several such players (i.e. Eddie RosarioJorge SolerJoc PedersenAdam Duval) who eventually fueled their run to the World Series title. As poor as Cano looked in New York earlier this season, Mets fans must have some trepidation about Cano suddenly catching fire and helping Atlanta overtake the Mets in the NL East.

Atlanta is thin on left-handed batting and there has been a vacancy at second base ever since Ozzie Albies will be out until at least mid-August while recovering from foot surgery. On paper, Cano is an interesting pack next to right-handed hitting Orlando Arcia on second base, and another right swinger in Marcell Ozuna at the designated batter.

It hasn’t been long since Cano was still one of the game’s most feared bats, as he posted a .896 OPS of over 182 PA for the Mets during the abbreviated 2020 season. While his positive PED test inevitably casts some doubt on those numbers, there isn’t much risk to Atlanta picking up Cano to see what he can contribute. Of the $24MM owed to Cano for the 2022 season, the Braves will have to cover only the pro rata portion of the MLB minimum salary once Cano reaches the active roster, while the Mariners ($3.75MM) and Mets will cover the rest. cover.

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