This Friday the signing of veteran Robinson Canó with the San Diego Padres became official. This will be the fourth uniform worn by the Dominican in his 17-year MLB career.
Although he is not expected to be a starter, the experience Cano has accumulated during his time in the Major Leagues ensures that he can be of use to his new club. These are some things that he will be able to contribute.
Robinson Canó won a World Series with the Yankees / Chris McGrath/GettyImages
Canó has played in 11 postseason series in his career, all with the New York Yankees and including the World Series he won in 2009. In the playoffs he has a .222/.267/.419 offensive line with 8 home runs and 33 RBIs, but If the Padres can be sure of one thing, it is that the veteran knows how to handle the pressure of these instances.
Robnson Canó hits left-handed and over .300 for life / Dustin Satloff/GettyImages
The 39-year-old is a five-time Silver Slugger and has a career average above .300, although in his 12 games with the New York Mets this year he failed to hit. Canó is brought to San Diego for being an experienced left-handed bat and he will surely come in urgent situations to solve the game.
Robinson Canó can help San Diego youth like Fernando Tatís jr. / Norm Hall/GettyImages
In San Diego there are several young stars like Dominican shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr, who can learn a lot from Cano. Part of his role at the club will be to mentor these emerging figures and pass on his experience on the baseball fields.
The second baseman won the Gold Glove twice and one of his duties will be to come off the bench to reinforce the defense in the final innings. His skill with the glove will come in handy on the San Diego team, which has a lot of room for improvement in this aspect of the game.