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Braves acquire Robinson Cano from Padres for cash considerations

Sep 9, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets designated hitter Pete Alonso (20) celebrates his solo go ahead home run against the Baltimore Orioles with second baseman Robinson Cano (24) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves acquired veteran infielder Robinson Cano from the San Diego Padres in exchange for cash considerations Sunday night, according to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Cano, 39, will try to prolong his career in the National League East after spending the past few seasons with the New York Mets. San Diego signed Cano after the Mets released him this May, and he appeared in 12 games with the Padres before they designated him for assignment.

The 17-year veteran agreed to join the Padres’ Triple-A El Paso affiliate, where he hit .333 with three homers, 20 RBIs and an .854 OPS in 21 games.

Cano has 2,635 career hits in 2,258 games with the New York Yankees (2005-13), Seattle Mariners (2014-18), Mets (2019-20, 2022) and Padres (2022). He is a .301 lifetime hitter with 335 homers, 1,306 RBIs and 51 stolen bases.

Cano has earned eight All-Star selections and won two Gold Glove awards. He won a World Series title with the Yankees in 2009.

He also has twice been suspended by Major League Baseball for using steroids. He missed 80 games in 2018, and then the entire 2021 season.

The Braves are looking for a reliable second baseman to fill in for Ozzie Albies, who is expected to be out until mid-August because of a foot injury. Atlanta could platoon Cano, a left-handed hitter, and right-handed hitter Orlando Arcia as it waits for Albies to return.

–Field Level Media