New York Mets Eat $37.6 Million “Canó Sandwich”
On Monday at 4pm, Major League Baseball teams have to reduce their rosters to 26 from 28. The first place New York Mets were wrestling with different scenarios. The first move was painful but easy. Relief pitcher Sean Reid-Foley was put on the Injured List on Saturday. The pitcher that replaced him for Sunday's game was Yoan López.
On their website Monday morning Mets announced on Monday morning that infielder Robinson Canó has been designated for assignment. Reliever Yoan López was also optioned to Triple-A Syracuse. That brings their roster to 26 players ahead of Monday's deadline to trim rosters to that number.
Is this the end for 39-year-old Robinson Canó? Having been Designated For Assignment, Canó has been removed from the Mets' 40-man roster. However, he has to wait for the next seven days, so he can either be traded or placed on irrevocable outright waivers. Some MLB team may take a shot to see if the one-time possible Hall of Famer still has any gas left in the tank. That all depends on whether or not Canó wants to take that shot.
It has been a very tough start to the year for the former All Star. Robinson Canó has hit .195 with one home run in 12 games for the Mets. In 2021 the second baseman/DH miss entirety of the season with his second suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. However, new Mets skipper Buck Showalter has given Canó every opportunity to get his swing back.
In December of 2018, former Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen orchestrated a blockbuster trade with the Seattle Mariners that sent the Mets top prospect Jarred Kelenic to Seattle in exchange for Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz. With the remainder of this year and all of next still remaining on his contract, Joel Sherman of nypost.com says that releasing Canó will cost New York approximately $37.6 million through the 2023 season. This is is a move that shows the Mets fan-base that billionaire-owner Steve Cohen is serious about winning.