The Robinson Cano era is over in Queens.
The Mets designated Cano for assignment as the final move to trim their roster down to 26 players.
The move is a costly one. Cano still had two years and $40.5 million left on his contract entering this season. But the 39-year-old was off to a rough start to the season as a part-time player, posting a slash line of .195/.233/.268 in 43 plate appearances across 12 games (11 starts). He had only been used as a pinch-hitter once.
Cano was the final cut to get down to a 26-man roster after MLB expanded rosters to 28 for April due to a shortened spring training. Reliever Yoan Lopez, who had been called up on Sunday to replace the injured Sean Reid-Foley, was the other player to get shipped out, returning to Triple-A Syracuse.
“Robbie absolutely still wants to play. Given the right situation, he can still make a meaningful contribution for a team,” said Brodie Van Wagenen, Cano’s agent and the former Mets GM.