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Robinson Cano DFA'd by Braves After Trade for Ehire Adrianza with Nationals

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVAugust 1, 2022

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The Atlanta Braves have designated Robinson Cano for assignment to make room for Ehire Adrianza, the team announced Monday.

Atlanta sent minor-league outfielder Trey Harris to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Adrianza, who spent last season with the Braves before signing with Washington as a free agent.

Cano appeared in nine games for the Braves, hitting .154 with just one extra-base hit. He was 0-for-12 since July 17 with just one walk.

After tallying three hits in two games against the New York Mets—the team that released him earlier in the season—the 39-year-old had just one hit during the remainder of his time in Atlanta.

Cano was already on his third team of the season after appearing for the Mets and San Diego Padres. In 33 games across the three stops, he has a .150 batting average with one home run and one double.

The poor play comes after the eight-time All-Star was suspended for all 2021 after testing positive for stanozolol, which is on Major League Baseball's list of performance-enhancing substances.

Cano has a guaranteed salary of $24 million this season—mostly paid for by the Mets and Seattle Mariners—but he could have limited opportunities moving forward after losing his job at three locations.

The Braves, meanwhile, have been unable to fill the hole at second base since Ozzie Albies suffered his foot injury. Adrianza could split time with Orlando Arcia filling in at the position until Albies returns to the field.

Adrianza played 109 games for Atlanta last season, hitting .247 with five home runs and 28 RBI.

The 32-year-old had just a .179 average for Washington to start 2022, although his true value is his versatility in the field. Adrianza has started games at four different positions for the Nationals this season, plus one shutout inning as a pitcher. Last season, he played third base, second base, shortstop and all three outfield spots for the Braves.

It gives Braves manager Brian Snitker plenty of lineup options down the stretch of the season.

The deal cost the Braves their No. 28 overall prospect in Harris, per MLB.com. The 26-year-old had a .238 average with two home runs in 59 games in Double-A this season.

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