Monday was an important roster deadline for all 30 teams around baseball. MLB teams are required to trim their active rosters down from 28 players to 26 players in May, leaving some tough decisions for several teams.
No decision may have been tougher than the New York Mets, who designated veteran slugger Robinson Cano for assignment. He's on the hook for $40.5 million in payroll over the next year, making this a brutal decision despite his best playing days behind him.
There's a real chance Cano, who is hitting just .195/.233/.268 in his 17th season, may be forced into early retirement. But, the Mets' roster is more crowded than most and there always seems to be a need for lefty power hitters.
Robinson Cano DFA
With that in mind, here's three teams desperate enough to sign Cano following his release.
Robinson Cano Destinations
3. Chicago White Sox
This may be the longest shot on this list, but Chicago is going through it right now. Picked to be on of the World Series favorites in preseason, injuries have decimated this roster and Chicago is just 8-13 as a result. The current healthy version of the lineup heavily skews right-handed, and Cano has one of the sweetest swings from the left side. In fact, Chicago ranks dead last in OPS (.448) and batting average (.160) from lefty hitters. Chicago may be forced to make a desperate move if this injury bug continues deep into the season.
2. Chicago Cubs
The other team from Chicago also faces similar problems. The Chicago Cubs' lineup predominantly right-handed. Ian Happ and Jason Heyward are the only lefty hitters in the starting nine. Cano could add some left-handed power to a team in desperate need of hitting at DH. The Cubs tout just a .512 OPS from the DH position, ranking 26th in baseball. At 9-13, this team is also floundering in the NL Central and left-handed power could do the trick. It's a desperate move, but a lousy month of May will put the Cubbies in a precarious position.
1. Texas Rangers
Even when the Texas Rangers made a big splash by signing both Marcus Semien and Corey Seager this offseason, the roster still needed work and felt a year or two away from seriously competing. Texas made matters worse by getting off to a painfully slow 8-14 start, partly thanks to sluggish offense. Texas recently demoted DH Willie Calhoun, leaving an opportunity for Cano to sneak onto this roster. The Rangers' .527 OPS from the DH position ranks just 24th in baseball. Cano could be an easy stopgap solution.
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