Cano will start at second base and bat sixth in Thursday's game against the Phillies. Cano will stick in the starting nine for the third time in his first four games with the Padres, this time returning to the infield after he was most recently included in the lineup Tuesday as a designated hitter. Jake Cronenworth and Luke Voit are still expected to serve as the Padres' preferred options at second base and DH, respectively, so Cano looks like he'll be limited to a part-time role unless he hits well enough to warrant more playing time.
Cano agreed to a major-league contract with the Padres on Friday. The 39-year-old was let go by the Mets last weekend, and his rumored deal with the Padres finally became official Friday. Cano was off to a horrible start in New York this season with a .195/.233/.268 slash line and 25.6 percent strikeout rate, but San Diego can take a low-risk flier since the Mets are still paying off the rest of his previous contract. Cano figures to see most of his opportunities at designated hitter, though Luke Voit figures to be the top option for now coming off a two-homer game Wednesday.
Cano was released by the Mets on Sunday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. The 39-year-old was designated for assignment by New York on Monday, and it's not a surprise he passed through waivers unclaimed and has now been released. Cano had an .896 OPS in 2020 before sitting out the entirety of last season due to his second PED suspension, and he struggled early this year with a .195/.233/.268 slash line and 25.6 percent strikeout rate, which would be a career high by nearly 10 percentage points. The veteran slugger could still receive some interest on the open market, but he may have a hard time finding an everyday spot in any lineup.
Cano was designated for assignment by the Mets on Monday. Cano will be one of many roster casualties around the league Monday as teams cut from 28 players down to 26. The second baseman hit an excellent .316/.352/.544 in 2020 before missing all of 2021 due to a PED suspension, but he's come nowhere close to that line in 12 games this season (.195/.233/.268). The Mets had far too many bat-first options and had no room for the 39-year-old, but it's possible he latches on elsewhere with a team that cares more about his performance over the last several seasons than the last 12 games. He'll have to be granted his outright release before moving on to another organization, however, as none of MLB's other 29 teams will be willing to put in a claim for Cano, whose contract pays him a combined $48 million between 2022 and 2023.
Cano is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Cano will sit for the second straight game and for the fourth time in the past five contests. He has a .195/.233/.268 slash line and what would be a career-high 25.6 percent strikeout rate through 43 plate appearances.