Press reports in the MLB indicate that this Friday the signing of Robinson Canó will be finalized with the San Diego Padres, who will activate him immediately.
For Cano, 39, 17 seasons in the majors and released by the New York Mets last week, it’s great news.
Robinson Cano is expected to sign with the Padres today and be activated for tonight’s game. He gives them proven lefty bat, probably off bench to start with DH potential.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 13, 2022
The Dominican infielder was batting .195 with 3 RBIs and a .501 OPS before being assigned, in his return to the Major Leagues after serving a new suspension for use of performance-enhancing substances.
He is not expected to have a place in the starting lineup, not even because of the absence of young star Fernando Tatís Jr., whose return is expected in the coming weeks. Cano surely gets to add depth to the backup, be an occasional second baseman and designated hitter against right-handed starters.
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The team’s starting second baseman is Jake Cronenworth.
When the Dominican gets the opportunity to play defense early on, the Padres’ lineup will look like this:
Robinson Cano, 2B Jurickson Profar, LF Manny Machado, 3B Eric Hosmar, 1 BWill Myers, RF Luke Voit, DB Kim Ha Seong, H.H Trent Grisham, CF George Alfaro, C