Mets release Robinson Cano to end 168-game tenure.

PHILADELPHIA — MetsSecond baseman released Robinson CanoBefore Sunday's doubleheader against The Phillies.

This is a week after Cano, who was still in slump, was designated for assignment with nearly $45million remaining on his contract.

The Mets made the announcement via their pregame notes. Buck Showalter then met with reporters to discuss the matter before Sunday's games.

The 39-year-old Cano sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. This season, he batted.195 (8-41) with one home run and three RBIs. He also had a paltry 0.501 OPS in 43 plate appearances.

Cano's career average batting is.302, with 335 homers, 1,305 RBIs, and a.842 OPS over 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits including 571 doubles.

The Mets owe him $44,703,297 from the remaining portion of his 10-year, $240 Million contract he signed with them Seattle Mariners. The two drug suspensions have caused him to lose $35,741,935

After he was released by the Mets, a team might sign him for a prorated portion of the $700,000. Minimum this season, and the $710,000 minimum in 2023.

A deal that also brought in closer Edwin DiazIn December 2018, five Mets players were shipped to Seattle by the Mets, including a prized outfield prospect. Jarred KelenicThe No. The No. 6 overall pick in 2018's amateur draft. New York accepted the $100 million Cano left on his contract for the last five years.

Cano played in 168 games for Mets. He batting.269, with 24 homers, 72 RBIs, and a.765 op.

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