San Diego Padres Sign Veteran 2B Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano with the Seattle Mariners in 2017
Robinson Cano with the Seattle Mariners in 2017. Photo by Scott Taetsch/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9029134ah)

After the New York Mets released him last week, Robinson Cano didn’t stay a free agent for long. The veteran second baseman is on an MLB roster again after just five days, having agreed to a deal with the San Diego Padres.

The financial terms of the deal remain unknown, but it is believed that Cano accepted a minimum contract. The money wasn’t the key element in the negotiations for the 39-year-old player as he’s set to receive close to $45 million from the Mets.

Cano has had a disastrous start to the 2022 MLB season, batting .195 with one home run and 3 RBIs. His performances were so bad that the Mets were willing to eat up the remaining two years of his 10-year, $240 million contract rather than keep him on the roster. But the Padres believe the change of scenery might help the eight-time All-Star find his prowess at the bat again.

According to reports, the Padres intend to use Cano as a designated hitter almost exclusively. The team has been struggling to find production at the position as San Diego’s designated hitters batted .206 with just two homers so far in 2022.

Robinson Cano is best known for his time with the New York Yankees, where he spent the first nine years of his time in the majors. Cano earned four All-Star nods during that time, won World Series with the Yankees in 2009, and earned all of his five Silver Slugger Awards. He signed as a free agent with the Seattle Mariners in 2013, playing there for five seasons before being traded to the Mets.