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Braves make Robinson Cano decision ahead of Mets series

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Just before a crucial three-game series between the top two teams in the NL East, the Atlanta Braves acquired former Mets/DH second baseman Robinson Cano from the San Diego Padres for cash.

According to MLB insider Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Braves plan to call Cano to the majors on Monday for his series opener with the Mets at Truist Park.

It’s a clear strategic move, as Cano spent all of spring training, as well as nearly the first month of the regular season, with the Mets.

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After a one-year suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, the 39-year-old’s batting speed disappeared, leading to an anemic .195 batting average, .501 OPS, one home run and three RBIs in playing time. scattered for the Mets across the country. 12 games.

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Following rosters dropping from 28 to 26 players on May 2, the Mets elected to nominate CanΓ³ for assignment. After turning down the opportunity to move to Triple-A Syracuse, the Mets released CanΓ³. Mets owner Steve Cohen will be forced to pay the remaining $37.6 million on his contract.

Cano then signed with the Padres on a minor league contract, but struggled even more in San Diego, hitting .091 with a .209 OPS in another 12 games (33 at bat). The Padres moved Cano to Triple-A on June 2, where he has resided ever since.

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