Robinson Cano making another run at MLB, giving Padres extra chip at trade deadline
By Rylie Smith
Former San Diego Padres second baseman Robinson Canó is giving his MLB career another run through Triple-A El Paso. He had a short-lived career in San Diego, but he could potentially make another comeback by the trade deadline considering his successful history.
Canó’s had a successful run in Triple-A so far, hitting .333/.375/.469. He likely wouldn’t be a reliable option for the Padres, but he could be a good player to trade with many prior achievements. He won five Silver Slugger awards, two Gold Gloves and two Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards. He also earned the All-Star Game MVP award in 2017.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, “From San Diego’s perspective, they probably wouldn’t expect much for Cano in return, or they could hypothetically include him as a part of a larger trade package.”
Canó faced a lot of controversy and poor performance the past few seasons, which seemingly slowed down his success.
Former Padres second baseman Robinson Canó almost lost his career in MLB
In 2018, Canó was caught with his first performance-enhancing drug suspension with the Seattle Mariners. He still appeared to have potential and joined the New York Mets, but lost his entire 2021 season to suspension after testing positive for Stanozolo again in 2020.
In 2022, the Mets let him go, which was seemingly going to be the end of his career. However, the Padres took a chance on the former slugger because of his prior relationship with Fernando Tatis Jr.
He was underperforming and the Padres let him go but offered him a Triple-A spot. He’s using the minor leagues as an opportunity to prove himself.
"“Nobody wants to be in the Minor Leagues (forever), everyone here wants to be called up someday. But I don’t have that in mind. I want to play, have quality at-bats, get some good swings so people can still see that I can play this game.” -Robinson Canó, via El Paso Times"