Robinson Cano is headed to Atlanta.
Yesterday, the Atlanta Braves agreed to acquire the former slugger from the San Diego Padres in exchange for cash considerations.
And thus continues the tour across Major League Baseball for the former All-Star.
Cano missed all of 2021 with a PED suspension and has yet to get it going again.
He began this season with the New York Mets, but was ultimately designated for assignment.
The Padres picked him up, but that experiment didn’t last long.
Braves insider David O’Brien notes an interesting fact about Cano and his contract, that the Mets and the Seattle Mariners are stuck paying him a ton of money, while the Braves are only paying him the prorated minimum.
Actually, Mariners are paying $3.75M and Mets $20.25M of Canó $24M salary this year and again in 2024, minus the prorated portion of MLB minimum from any team he's with.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) July 10, 2022
If Cano gets hot, this will turn into an absolute steal for the Braves.
Meanwhile, the Mariners, who signed him to a 10-year deal prior to the 2014 season, are stuck paying him $3.75 million and the Mets are forced to pay $20.25 million.
In that case, the Mets and Mariners are still saddled with all of his contract money.
Cano is hitting just .149 on the season.
He’s got one home run and four RBI.
He also has a disappointing OPS of .371.
So, there are a few ways this could turn out for the Braves.
He could either find his stroke again, in a division that he is very familiar with from his days with the Mets, or he could keep struggling and continue being passed around from team to team, all while they all still have to pay him.
We’ll see what the move ultimately does for the Braves and if Cano can get back on track.
His contract is not up until after 2023.