Robinson Cano Has Two Suitors Interested in His Services

Just a few weeks after his return from a season-long suspension for drug use, the New York Mets recently decided to cut bait with the 17-year veteran Robinson Cano. They'll have to eat the $37.6M they still owe the second baseman, and now he's free to cut a minimum salary deal with any team that's interested. 

And according to his father, Jose Cano, there are at least two clubs who have shown interest in signing the 8-time All-Star.

The senior Cano says the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks are two of the teams that are feeling things out with his 39-year-old son. 

Cano has a lifetime .302 batting average, with an .842 OPS, along with 335 home runs and 1,305 RBIs. Until his first 80-game PED suspension in 2018, he was remarkably durable, playing no less than 150 games for 11 straight seasons, split between the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners. 

He was still an impact player as recently as 2020, when, at the age of 37, he slugged 10 HR in the pandemic-shortened 60-game season, and hit .316 with an .896 OPS. 

The Mets had no idea what to expect after a full year off serving his 2nd drug suspension, and Cano wasn't able to get his mojo back. He hit just .195 in 41 at-bats with one homer. 

But even after his release became official this past weekend, Cano posted a workout video with the caption: "Never stop. Never settle. #training."

Cano has clearly not given up yet, with every intention of playing once again in the majors. 

The Pirates certainly have an opening at 2B these days, as they shuffle between the struggling Cole Tucker and Josh VanMeter, while the D-Backs' interest would likely be for Cano as a DH, as they have Ketel Marte locked in at 2B.

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