Dominican Robinson Canó gave his first words after his arrival at the San Diego Padres and was excited for the opportunity and for being able to continue playing in the MLB.
«I still have a lot of gas left in the tank and I am convinced that I still have a lot to contribute in the MLB and I feel good to continue playing at this level,» the veteran player told María Torres of The Athletic.
Cano said it will take some getting used to being a backup but he’s ready to take on that role.
– Robinson Cano (@RobinsonCano) May 14, 2022
«When you’ve been a starter for 15, 16 or 17 years it takes time to get used to having a new role but I’m ready and focused to contribute when it’s my turn.»
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On his new team, the 39-year-old will be Jake Cronenworth’s backup second baseman and a left-handed pinch hitter. He might also see action occasionally as a DH.
First look at Robinson Cano in a Padres jersey pic.twitter.com/p22UV3KgC2
— GleyberMetrics (@GleyberMetrics) May 13, 2022
Cano was released by the Mets even though he was still owed a large amount of money. In 2022 he was only batting .195 with 1 home run and 3 RBI in 41 at-bats through 12 games played.
New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets and now the San Diego Padres have been his teams in the Major Leagues.