MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported that the Padres and Cano were close to reaching a deal.
As of now, Cano is still a free agent following his release from the New York Mets.
Cano was hitting just .195 with only one home run.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted some news about the situation and provided a little more clarity, saying that Cano will only accept a deal if it is a Major League deal and that he does not intend on signing a minor league contract.
Cano has no intention or interest to prove himself in the minors.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) May 12, 2022
Will Cano Find A New Home?
If Cano isn’t willing to accept a minor league deal, who knows what happens next?
That might be the best starting point for him given the recent struggles he has gone through.
Cano has struggled at the plate in recent years and is far from the All-Star that he once was.
He sat out the entire 2021 season as a result of a PED suspension.
But since returning to the Mets, things haven’t gone according to plan for the former All-Star and MVP candidate.
If the Padres do add him, they’ll have a solid DH option from the left side to platoon with Luke Voit.
Perhaps it could turn out like the situation with Albert Pujols last season, where the Los Angeles Dodgers found a perfect role for him.
But one thing is for sure.
Cano wants a Major League contract, not a minor league deal.