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Mets release Robinson Cano with $40M left on contract

Mar 26, 2022; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA;  New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) comes into the dugout during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets officially released veteran second baseman Robinson Cano on Sunday.

The eight-time All-Star was designated for assignment on May 2 with about $40 million remaining on his contract.

Cano, 39, passed through waivers unclaimed and now becomes a free agent.

He posted a video of himself in the batting cage and taking groundballs Sunday on Twitter with the caption: “Never stop. Never settle.”

Cano, who missed the 2021 season following a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, batted .195 with one homer and three RBIs in eight games this season.

Cano has 2,632 career hits, third among active players behind Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera, both members of the 3,000-hit club. A five-time winner of the Silver Slugger award, he has 335 career home runs and 1,305 RBIs in 2,246 games with the New York Yankees (2005-13), Seattle Mariners (2014-18) and Mets.

He signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with Seattle in December 2013, and the Mariners traded him to the Mets in December 2018 as part of a six-player swap.

–Field Level Media