Robinson Cano will make his Atlanta Braves debut Monday against his former team, the New York Mets, in the opener of an important three-game series between the division rivals.
Cano, acquired by the Braves in a Sunday trade with the San Diego Padres, starts at second base and beats ninth-ranked ranked Mets ace Max Scherzer.
Monday’s game will mark a surprise reunion between the first-seeded Mets and Cano, who was fielded by New York on May 2 after batting just .195 in 12 games. The Mets released Cano six days later despite still owing him nearly $45 million from a contract he signed with the Seattle Mariners in 2013.
Cano, 39, sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. The eight-time All-Star also struggled in his short stint with the Padres, batting just .091 (3 for 33) in 12 games, but fared better at Triple-A El Paso, where he batted .333 with three home wins and 20 RBIs in 21 games.
Cano, who joined Atlanta’s roster earlier Monday, shares playing time at second base with Orlando Arcia, who is hitting .252 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 123 at-bats this season. The Braves also reinstated outfielder Adam Duvall from the paternity list Monday, while infielder Phil Gosselin was selected for assignment and infielder Mike Ford was selected to triple-A Gwinnett on corresponding moves.
The rising Braves are without star second baseman Ozzie Albies, who broke his foot last month, and rely on Arcia as his replacement. Braves manager Brian Snitker said he’s happy with Arcia, especially his defense.
With a 10.5 game deficit in the NL East standings after their slow start to the season, the Braves (52-35) have won 29 of their last 37 competitions and are just 1.5 games behind the Mets (53-33 ) started.
The Mets acquired Cano from the Mariners in a blockbuster 2018 trade that also earned them All-Star seamstress Edwin Diaz. New York sent five players to Seattle as part of the deal — including esteemed fielder Jarred Kelenic, the No. 6 pick in the 2018 amateur draft — and agreed to take on the $100 million raised for the past five years by Cano’s contract remain time.
Cano eventually played 168 games for the Mets, batting .269 with 24 home runs, 72 RBIs and .765 OPS.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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