Mets release Robinson Canó, end 168 games in New York

PHILADELPHIA — The Mets released second baseman Robinson Cano before Sunday’s doubleheader against the Phillies.

The move comes a week after a slumping Cano was designated for assignment despite nearly $45 million remaining on his contract.

The Mets announced the news in their pregame notes and after manager Buck Showalter met with reporters before Sunday’s games.

Cano, 39, sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He hit .195 (8-for-41) this season with a home run, three RBIs and a measly .501 OPS in 43 plate appearances for the NL East-leading Mets.

Canó has a career batting average of .302 with 335 home runs, 1,305 RBIs and an .842 OPS over 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits, including 571 doubles.

The Mets owe him $44,703,297 for the remainder of the 10-year, $240 million contract he signed with the Seattle Mariners. He has lost $35,741,935 due to the two drug suspensions.

Now that the Mets released him, a team could sign him for a prorated share of the $700,000 minimum this season and pay the $710,000 minimum in 2023.

In a deal that also netted closer Edwin Diaz, the Mets sent five players to Seattle in December 2018, including prized field prospect Jarred Kelenic, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft. New York agreed to take on the $100 million remaining in the last five years of Cano’s contract at the time.

Canó ended up playing 168 games for the Mets, hitting .269 with 24 home runs, 72 RBIs, and a .765 OPS.

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