MLB Padres veteran 2B Robinson Cano elects free agency

Veteran infielder Robinson Cano was demoted to the minor leagues Thursday after just 12 games with the San Diego Padres and elected to depart the club in order to become a free agent.

The Padres optioned Cano to Triple-A El Paso, but the 39-year-old declined to accept the assignment per his right as a player with more than five years major league service time.

Cano was released by the New York Mets on May 8 and signed with the Padres five days later. But he went just 3-for-33 in San Diego, which has been waiting on the return of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. following a motorcycle crash in the offseason.

Outfielder Nomar Mazara will replace Cano on the active roster after his contract was selected by the Padres.

Cano is a career .301 hitter over 17 seasons with a .351 on-base percentage, but he did not play in 2021 after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He has 335 home runs with 1,306 RBIs for the New York Yankees (2005-13), Seattle Mariners (2014-18), Mets (2019-22) and Padres.

Mazara, 27, is a career .255 hitter with 83 home runs and 342 RBIs over six major league seasons with the Texas Rangers (2016-19), Chicago White Sox (2020) and Detroit Tigers (2021). He played in 50 games with the Tigers last season, batting .212 with three home runs and 19 RBIs.

–Field Level Media

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