Padres sign veteran Cano to add spark to offense


Veteran infielder Robinson Cano has signed with the San Diego Padres, it was introduced Friday.

The New York Mets released the 39-year-old Cano on Sunday after designating him for project per week earlier.

The Padres seemingly will use the left-handed-hitting Cano at designated hitter, hoping he can enhance their offensive manufacturing on the place.

Getting into Thursday’s video games, Padres designated hitters are batting simply .206 with two dwelling runs and 12 RBIs this season. Each these dwelling runs got here through Luke Voit, who bats proper, in Wednesday’s 7-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Cano additionally may, once in a while, get time at second base, shifting Jake Cronenworth to shortstop and Ha-Seong Kim to the bench.

Kim is batting solely .200/.326/.388, and there is extra want at shortstop due to Fernando Tatis Jr.’s wrist harm and since prime prospect C.J. Abrams was optioned again to the minor leagues after struggling earlier this season.

Cano sat out final season whereas serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing medication. He batted .195 (8-for-41) this season with one dwelling run, three RBIs and a .501 OPS in 43 plate appearances for the Nationwide League East-leading Mets.

He’s owed $44,703,297 by the Mets from the rest of the 10-year, $240 million contract he signed with the Seattle Mariners. He has misplaced $35,741,935 due to the 2 drug suspensions.

Cano, who was acquired in a multiplayer commerce with the Mariners that additionally despatched nearer Edwin Diaz to New York, ended up enjoying 168 video games for the Mets, batting .269 with 24 homers, 72 RBIs and a .765 OPS.

An eight-time All-Star, Cano has a .302 profession batting common with 335 dwelling runs, 1,305 RBIs and an .842 OPS in 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits, together with 571 doubles.

In a corresponding roster transfer, the Padres optioned right-hander Dinelson Lamet to Triple-A El Paso.

ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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