Robinson Cano, second baseman, released from New York Mets
Ricky Gray | May 9, 2022
Before the double-header against the Phillies, the Mets made the decision to part ways with Cano
It's not often that a player gets released just before the start of the game, but that's exactly what happened between Robinson Cano and the New York Mets.
His poor performance to start the season is the reason for the release, however, Cano still has $45m remaining on his contract. To be exact, Cano is owed $44,703,297 by New York from the remainder of the 10-year, $240m contract.
Interestingly enough, Cano lost over $35.7m due to two drug suspensions, the second of which occurred last season. He's started the year with a .195 batting average, hitting one home run, three RBIs, and .501 OPS in 43 plate appearances.
Now that he's released, a team could sign him for a prorated share of the league minimum of $700k this season. The question is whether a team would want to take a chance on adding Cano to their batting lineup.
Considering how inexpensive he is at the moment, it's likely that a team will sign him. There are a few teams in the league that could use his talents, that is if he can produce for them.
In his career, Cano has a batting average of .302 career batting average with 335 home runs, 1,305 RBIs, and a .842 OPS in 17 seasons. At the time of writing, he has 2,632 hits, with 571 doubles, and is an eight-time All-Star.
Cano was picked up by the Mets in 2018 in exchange for five Mets players which included Jarred Kelenic, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft.
He played 168 games for the Mets and had a batting average of .269 with 24 home runs, 72 RBIs, and a .765 OPS before his release in 2022.