Canó's time in San Diego over; Mazara joins Padres

June 2nd, 2022

Less than three weeks after arriving in San Diego, Robinson Canó’s time with the Padres has come to an end.

The club optioned Canó to Triple-A El Paso on Thursday, but he declined the request and became a free agent. To replace Canó on the roster, the Padres selected outfielder Nomar Mazara.

Designated for assignment by the Mets on May 2 and released just a few days later, Canó signed with the Padres on May 13. The club hoped the eight-time All-Star might, at the very least, give it a boost against right-handed pitching. But in 12 games in San Diego, he’s slashed .091/.118/.091. He’s drawn one walk compared to 10 strikeouts, and his -0.9 FanGraphs WAR is the second worst among Major League position players.

Earlier this season, Canó batted .195/.233/.268 in 12 games with the Mets, who owe him over $40 million from the remainder of the 10-year, $240 million contract he signed with the Mariners. Should this be the end for Canó, he'll finish his career with a .301/.351/.489 slash line and 335 home runs.