The Robinson Cano era in Queens has come to an end.
This morning, the New York Mets designated the aging and embattled second baseman for assignment after he hit just .195 in 12 games to start the 2022 season.
Cano is in the penultimate year of a 10-year, $240 million deal that he signed with the Seattle Mariners prior to the start of the 2014 season.
He was traded over to the Mets during the 2018-19 offseason along with Edwin Diaz.
Cano missed the entirety of the 2021 season after being suspended due to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Despite him being off their hands, MLB Network analyst Jon Heyman points out that the Mets still owe him a fortune.
Mets owe Cano close to $39M. Unlucky for him, they are the one team totally unconcerned about money.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 2, 2022
Will Cano Get Another Opportunity?
For the Mets, this isn’t really a big deal, as they seem to not be too concerned about money given the pocketbook of owner Steve Cohen.
It’s more of a problem for Cano, who given his struggles, likely is going to be hard-pressed to get another opportunity elsewhere.
The amount of money the Mets owe him is roughly $39 million.
However, it could turn out to be like the Albert Pujols situation last year, when he was designated for assignment and later released by the Los Angeles Angels before their crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, took a chance on him.
There could be a team that could have the perfect role available for a guy like Cano.