MLB, once in a while, offers us a hilarious tidbit, fact, or piece of data that works mostly for our amusement as fans or writers.
In this case, the New York Mets, the Seattle Mariners, and the Atlanta Braves are the ones behind that fun fact.
Earlier today, the Braves announced they would be adding Robinson Cano, recently acquired from the San Diego Padres, to their active roster.
Braves reporter Mark Bowman shared a hilarious piece of information with all of us.
“Canó will play for the Braves and get paid by the Mets,” he wrote via Twitter.
Canó will play for the Braves and get paid by the Mets https://t.co/82lTiubMBI
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 11, 2022
Everybody Is Paying Cano
The Braves took over the rest of his salary for the 2022 season when they acquired him from San Diego, which is a rather insignificant amount (for an MLB franchise, that is) because it was a minor league deal.
But he is making $24 million, and that is being paid by the Seattle Mariners (as an agreement dating back to the trade that brought the Mets Edwin Diaz) and, mostly, by the Mets.
With a series between the Mets and the Braves starting this week, you can say that the Mets are paying Cano to play against them.
Isn’t that sweet?
It’s funny how MLB works.
The 39-year-old Cano doesn’t have much left in his left-handed bat.
He is, however, a pretty accomplished player with a .301/.351/.489 career line and 335 home runs.
If it weren’t for the two performance-enhancing drugs suspensions, he could be on the right path towards the Hall of Fame eventually.NEXT: Robinson Cano Keeps Getting Paid From All Over MLB