PHILADELPHIA ( Associated Press) – The New York Mets issued second baseman Robinson a canoe before Sunday’s doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The move comes a week after the meltdown when Canoe was named for the assignment despite having about $45 million remaining on his contract.
The Mets announced the news in their pregame notes and manager Buck Showalter met with reporters ahead of Sunday’s game.
Cano, 39, sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He batted .195 (8 off 41) with a home run, three RBIs and a modest .501 OPS in 43 plate appearances for the NL East-leading Mets.
Canoe has a career batting average of .302 with 335 home runs, 1,305 RBIs and .842 OPS in 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits, including 571 in doubles. Canoe is owed $44,703,297 by the Mets, out of the remaining $240 million, on a 10-year contract he signed with Seattle. He has lost $35,741,935 due to the suspension of two drugs.
Now that he has been released by the Mets, a team can sign him for a minimum share ratio of $700,000 this season and pay a minimum of $710,000 in 2023.
In a deal that also struck a chord with Edwin Diaz, the Mets sent five players to Seattle in December 2018—including prized outfield prospect Jared Kellenick, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft. New York agreed to assume the $100 million remaining in the final five years of Canoe’s contract at the time.
Canoe played only 168 games for the Mets, batting. .269 with 24 homers, 72 RBI and a .765 OPS.
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