Robinson Cano Reportedly Released by Padres amid Struggles

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 2, 2022

SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 23: Robinson Cano #24 of the San Diego Padres fields throws to first base after fielding the ball in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 23, 2022 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Padres are parting ways with second baseman Robinson Cano, per team sideline reporter Annie Heilbrunn:

Annie Heilbrunn @annieheilbrunn

I’m told Robinson Cano is officially no longer with the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Padres?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Padres</a>. He’s already been informed.

Cano signed with the Padres on May 13. He had just three hits in 33 plate appearances (.094 batting average).

Cano is an eight-time All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger and two-time Gold Glove winner. He's played 17 seasons in the bigs after making his debut with the New York Yankees in 2005. Cano also finished top six in American League MVP voting from 2010 to 2014 and won the 2009 World Series with the Bronx Bombers.

The .301 lifetime hitter left the Yankees after nine seasons and signed with the Seattle Mariners, where he played from 2014 to 2018. The M's then traded Cano as part of a package deal with closer Edwin Diaz to the Mets in December 2018.

Cano was on the Mets until May 8, when New York released the 39-year-old after he hit just .195 with 43 plate appearances.

The veteran hit .316 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and appeared ready to contribute in 2021.

However, in November 2020, Cano received a 162-game suspension for using stanozolol and missed the entire 2021 season.

That marked Cano's second performance-enhancing drug suspension, as he also got an 80-gamer for furosemide while he was with the Mariners.

Now Cano is a free agent once again. Heilbrunn gave a glimpse at what Cano could be looking to do next.

Annie Heilbrunn @annieheilbrunn

CanΓ³ did not get the results he or the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Padres?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Padres</a> anticipated when he signed, but he brought value to this clubhouse in the short time he was here. Loves this game and hopes to continue playing and maybe someday, have a front office job:<a href="https://t.co/z0K2y2WCJk">https://t.co/z0K2y2WCJk</a>

For his career, Cano has a batting average of .301 (.840 OPS) with 335 home runs, 1,306 RBI and 2,635 hits. He is third on the active MLB hit list behind Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera.