ATLANTA — The San Diego Padres have signed veteran second baseman Robinson Canó to a significant league contract and plan to make use of him as a left-handed bat off the bench.
Canó was not in Friday’s lineup towards the Atlanta Braves. Acting supervisor Ryan Christenson mentioned he may get some occasional begins at second and designated hitter.
The New York Mets, who launched Canó on Sunday, owe him almost $45 million remaining on his authentic contract signed with Seattle. He will earn a prorated share of the $700,000 minimal.
Canó, 39, was designated for task on May 2 after hitting .195 with one house run and three RBIs in 43 plate appearances for the NL East-leading Mets. He sat out final season serving a second suspension for performance-enhancing medicine.
Canó has a .302 profession batting common with 335 house runs, 1,305 RBIs and an .842 OPS in 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits, together with 571 doubles. Canó is owed almost $45 million by the Mets from the rest of the $240 million, 10-year contract he signed with Seattle. He has misplaced over $35 million due to the 2 drug suspensions.
With the fourth-highest profession batting common amongst all lively main leaguers, Canó trails Miguel Cabrera (.310), José Altuve (.307) and Mike Trout (.305). He ranks third amongst lively gamers in hits, RBIs, complete bases, extra-base hits and runs scored. Canó has 316 homers as a second baseman, second all-time to Jeff Kent’s 351.
The Padres optioned pitcher Dinelson Lamet to Triple-A El Paso in a corresponding transfer.