San Diego Padres sign veteran infielder Robinson Cano

Veteran infielder Robinson Canohas signed with San Diego PadresIt was announced Friday.

The New York Mets released the 39-year-old CanoAfter being assigned for assignment one week prior, he was released on Sunday.

Cano, a left-handed hitting pitcher, will likely be used by the Padres as designated hitter. This is in the hopes that he can increase their offensive production.

The Padres designated batters are currently batting.206, with only two home runs and 12 RBIs for the season. Both of those home runs were via Luke VoitIn Wednesday's 7-5 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays, a right-handed batsman, was batting for the Chicago Cubs.

Cano may also occasionally be given time at second base to help with moving Jake CronenworthShortstop and Ha-Seong KimTo the bench.

Kim's batting average is only.200/.326/.388, with an additional shortstop need due to Fernando Tatis JrC.J. was the top prospect and he sustained a wrist injury. Abrams was optioned back into the minor leagues, having struggled earlier in this season.

Cano sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. In 43 plate appearances, Cano batted.195 (8-41) in this season's National League East-leading Mets. He had one home run and three RBIs.

From the rest of his 10-year contract worth $240 million, he is owed $44,703,297. Seattle Mariners. Due to the two drug suspensions, he has now lost $35741,935

Cano was also acquired by the Mariners in a multi-team trade that also brought him closer Edwin DiazNew York, played in 168 Mets games, batting.269 with 24 Homers, 72 RBIs (.765 OPS)

Cano, an eight-time All Star, has a.302 career average, with 335 homers, 1,305 RBIs and a.842 OPS. This spans 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits and 571 doubles.

In a matching roster move, the Padres optioned the right-hander Dinelson Lamet to Triple-A El Paso.

ESPN's Alden Gonzalez contributed to this report.

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