Atlanta Braves designate Robinson Cano for assignment after dealing for INF Ehire Adrianza

The Atlanta Braves selected infielder Robinson Cano for the pick Monday after acquiring infielder Ehire Adrianza in a trade with the Washington Nationals.

Adrianza, 32, hit .179 with seven RBIs in 94 plate appearances in 31 games this season. The Nationals acquired outfielder Trey Harris in exchange for Adrianza, who played for the Braves last season and led major league baseball with 16 pinch hits.

Cano, who was acquired by the Braves in a trade with the San Diego Padres last month, hit .154 in 27 plate appearances in nine games for Atlanta.

Cano, 39, had hit .333 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in Triple-A El Paso, the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate. But he tussled in the majors for the Padres, hitting just .091 in 12 games in 34 plate appearances.

The New York Mets released Cano in May after hitting just a .150 with a home run and four RBIs in 43 plate appearances in 12 games. He missed the 2021 season while serving his second suspension for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Overall, Cano has hit a .150 on the one home run in 104 major league record appearances this season.

The Braves are still without second baseman Ozzie Albies, who broke his foot in June. The Braves are relying on Orlando Arcia as a backup.

Adrianza hit .247 with five home runs and 28 RBIs in 209 plate appearances in 109 games for the Braves last season and also appeared in 10 postseason games during Atlanta’s run to a World Series Championship. The Braves are currently second in the National League East and are 3 games behind the first-ranked Mets. They also occupy the NL’s first wildcard spot.

Harris, 26, has hit two homers and 16 RBIs for Double-A Mississippi .238 this season.

The Mets still owe Cano nearly $45 million from his original 10-year, $240 million contract, which he signed with the Seattle Mariners in 2013.

An eight-time All-Star, Cano has averaged .301s, 335 home runs and 1,306 RBIs over his 17-year career. Atlanta Braves designate Robinson Cano for assignment after dealing for INF Ehire Adrianza

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