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Robinson Canoe in discussions with Padres over free agent contract: Report

Robinson Canoe in discussions with Padres over free agent contract: Report

WASHINGTON – The Mets could walk in their recently released second baseman in early June.

Robinson Canoe is discussing a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres, according to multiple reports on Thursday. The deal may not be finalized until the end of the day, but both sides have made progress, according to MLB Network. john morosi, The Padres will be carrying a flyer on the canoe as their designated hitter for very little cost, and other than their PED-related stuff, there won’t be too many downsides.

Canoe, 39, was named for an assignment by the Mets to trim MLB’s roster from 28 to 26 men at the May 2 deadline. Mets owner Steve Cohen asked GM Billy Appler to “make baseball decisions,” including several ways the front office could approach the roster cut.

The veteran second baseman, who struggled (hitting .195) in 12 games with the Mets and snatched important at-bats from other bench players like JD Davis and Dominic Smith, became the odd man in some surprising decisions for the organization. Under the Wilpon-owned Mets, it was easy to see the club hanging on to the canoe, only for the money remaining on his contract.

Canoe is still owed $40 million from the Mets during the 2023 season. If the Padres sign him, they must pay the league a minimum of $700,000 for his left bat. The question is whether Cano will have any luck on the west coast after turning in the worst strike rate (25.6%) of his 17-year big-league career upon his return from his 2021 suspension.

The Mets are to play the Padres six times, the first coming during their West Coast visit on June 6. The San Diego All-Stars will play at Citi Field on July 22, shortly after the break.

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