The Atlanta Braves acquired Dominican second Robinson Cano from the San Diego Padres for cash considerations in the hopes of addressing its offensive woes.
The 39-year-old Cano missed the entire 2021 season after being tested for performance-enhancing drugs and was subsequently released by the New York Mets in May.
He inked a major league deal with the Padres soon thereafter but was released after turning down the team’s request to go to the Triple-A.
Cano’s veteran status gave him the right to test free agency though he re-signed with the Padres on a minor league deal after checking his options on the open market.
During his time with Triple-A El Paso, Cano posted a slash line of .333/.375/.479 over 104 plate appearances, a massive improvement to his major league averages of .149/.182/.189 with the Padres and Mets.
Cano will be joining a depleted Braves team who desperately needs to fill the void at second base after a foot injury sidelined Ozzie Albies until at least mid-August.