Robinson Canó is the latest and oldest version of Padre

Robinson Kano
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Robinson Kano He will write another chapter in his major league career. Cut by the Mets earlier this month amid an existing crisis, the 39-year-old second baseman who has been suspended twice is It said About to sign with Padres. While there may not be much left in the tank, there is very little risk in giving it a look, and if nothing else, the San Diego could use some help to seat it.

Kano hit just .195/.233/.268 in 43 board appearances before being made Dedicated to waiver by the Mets on May 2, the day the rosters were reduced from 28 players to 26, and then released on May 8. They broke up with Kano even though he owed him $44.7 million on his contract during that year and the next, last part 10 – a $240 million deal he signed with the Mariners in December 2013 (Seattle still had a $3.75 million premium to pay the Mets) . The Padres will only pay him the prorated portion of the $700,000 minimum salary, which is noteworthy given that they are $1.2 million below the competitive balance tax threshold of $230 million, according to the Menu resource.

Canó has been a very productive hitter as recently as two years ago, cutting .316/.352/.544 (142 wRC+) with 10 home runs in 182 PA during the 2020 season that has been cut short by the pandemic. But on November 18 of that year, Major League Baseball hanging He is for the entirety of the ’21 season after testing positive for stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. Kano had already drawn Comment 80 games In May 2018 after testing positive for a diuretic known as Lasix, hence it was banned for a year. The two suspensions carried an exorbitant cost to the eight-time All-Star to exceed nearly $36 million in lost salary, all but decimating any hope of making it to 3,000 hits (he has 2,632), beating Jeff Kent’s record of 351 home runs as a baseman. second (316 out of 335 he has as such), entry into the Hall of Fame, which would have been a lock given his features and no. 7 ranking in JAWS.

In his limited chances with the Mets this season, Kano has shown few hit marks as Kano of yesteryears. He has swung and missed 15.9% of all courts and scored 25.6% of the time, rates more than double his career marks. His chase rate was an astronomical 48.9%, more than 14 points above his career mark, and his average swing rate was 58.9%, more than seven points above his career mark. I’ve played this song before – swing rates settle before most other stats – but the pattern suggests it has been Urgently, which is understandable given his long layoff and poor comment for a spot on the list. Kano’s average exit velocity of 85.4%, barrel rate of 6.7%, and severely affected rate of 40% do not indicate he was mashing the ball; His 359 xSLG is 91 points ahead of his actual mark, but there More than 100 hitter With bigger differentials this season suppressed for attack, his .264 xwOBA still deserves to be.

The Padres are 20-12, one game behind the Dodgers in the NL West race, but that’s more despite their attack than because of him. The team of 4.28 times per game is ranked eighth in the league, and the 28 homers are tied for seventh, but the batting average of 0.27 and the 364 batting percentage is 12. On a happier note, San Diego’s base percentage ranks fourth. The walking rate of 10.8% is in second place. Likewise, here’s a problem: Four of the top five top walking rate teams in the NL West, led by the Dodgers (10.9%), with the Diamondbacks (10.6%) and the other Giants (10.0%).

Individually, Mane Machado (.383/.460/.625, 208 wRC+) and Eric Hosmer (Still hot at .367/.434/.550 with 180W+ even then I wrote about it) carry the offensive burden at unsustainable levels. shortstop Ha Seung Kim (.200 / .326 / .388, 113 wRC+) – fill for injured Fernando Tates Jr. – Felder left gorexson brovar (.187/.313/.402, 110 wRC+) are the only other regulars produced in the mid-season segment, although Jake Kronworth (.214/.324/.333, 95 wRC+) not far.

The Padres’ problem is that Canó isn’t any direct help in positions where they get sub-par production, such as central field (57 wRC+, often from Trent Gresham), right field (25 wRC +, from Will Myerswounded now, Matt Pettyetc.), and Mask (66 wRC + from Austin Nola And Jorge Alfaro). The problem for Kanu, the second left-swinging baseman who will likely spot at the start (he played 14 games there in 2018), is that both positions are run by a competent left-hander, at least as long as Hosmer keeps hitting. Kronworth has very limited experience on the court, primarily as an amateur, but when Tates fell, manager Bob Melvin exclude Experience it there to make way for a short possibility CJ Abrams.

Thus, the most likely path of playing time for Kano is a platoon-assigned hitter, where he can share the job with the right swing. Luke Voigt, which has hit .184/.349/.327 (108 wRC+) at 63 PA so far. That streak includes his double against the Cubs on Wednesday, his first two shots of the season in his second game since returning from a 15-game absence due to a right bicep injury.

Kano has done nothing in his 34th presidency against right-wingers this year that contrasts with his dismal overall numbers. If we combine a larger sample from his last playing time, that means not only his 2020 season but also his off-season ’19, when he notched a mediocre 256/307/.428 (94 wRC+), he owns 114 wRC+ against the right (.284/ .325/.480) in 464 PA in that period, as opposed to the unplayable 81 wRC + (.231/.288/.373) in 184 PA against the left. The Padres as a team hit only .227/.320/.351 (98 wRC+) against the right, including .205/.304/.321 (83 wRC+) from the DH spot against them.

But even if the standard of improvement is relatively low, the kano collar may be short. Tates is expected to return sometime next month after undergoing surgery in mid-March to fix it A fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left wrist; While he was running and taking the ground, he had not yet swayed. Tates is probably the one heading off the field in light of last year’s experience, when he played 20 games on the right court and seven down the middle, but most likely it comes back short and creates a second playing time. However, it is not inconceivable that the Padres will try to keep Kano around once Tatis returns. The two residents of San Pedro de Macoris live nearby, having been serving as a mentor when the duo played together for Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican Winter League under the leadership of Tates early. And despite his recent excesses, Kanu remained a respected fellow and well prepared to take on the role of a greater statesman. When he was in the DFA, J.D. Davis describe it The veteran as “a hub at this club…a captain.”

When all is said and done, signing Canó is a low-risk, low-impact move for Padres at a time when they have a clear need. He may not stay long, but it makes sense to see if he can help.