Ex-Yankees, Mets star could land on AL West contender, MLB insider says

Robinson Cano could be packing his bags … again.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports “The Los Angeles Angels are exploring the possibility of adding veteran second baseman Robinson Cano to their team after the season-ending injury to Anthony Rendon. Cano is currently playing at Triple-A El Paso, but the Padres will not stand in his way of getting a big-league job. ”

Ten days ago, the San Diego Padres signed Canó to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A. In seven games with the El Paso Chihuahuas, Cano is hitting .258.

Cano signed his minor-league deal one week after San Diego was set to cut ties with the slugger. He played in 12 games for the Padres, batting .091 with three hits in 34 at-bats.

Cano originally signed with San Diego last month after he was released by the New York Mets. He batted .195 in 12 games with the Mets before hitting the open market.

The 39-year-old Cano missed all of the 2021 season, serving a one-year suspension after being busted for the second time for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

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The New York Yankees signed Cano out of the Dominican Republic in 2001 for a signing bonus worth more than $ 100,000.

He made his MLB debut in 2005 and finished second in voting for the American League Rookie of the Year.

Cano helped the Yankees win the 2009 World Series and left the Bronx after the 2013 season, signing a 10-year, $ 240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle traded Cano to the Mets prior to the 2019 season, bringing him to New York along with closer Edwin Diaz.

Cano is an eight-time All-Star with five Silver Slugger Awards and two Gold Glove Awards. He has six top-10 finishes in American League MVP voting.

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Mike Rosenstein may be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com.

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