Canó joins Padres, Kershaw out, Kirby back home

2B OR NOT 2B

Robinson Canó found another job with the majors, signing with San Diego less than a week after being released by the Mets.

The Padres plan to use Canó, 39, as a left-handed bat off the bench. Interim manager Ryan Christenson said he could get occasional starts at second base and designated hitter.

“I have a lot left in the tank,” Canó said. “I know I can still play this game and just come out on top.”

The Mets owe Canó nearly $45 million remaining on his original contract signed with Seattle. He will earn a prorated share of the $700,000 minimum.


Canó hit .195 with a home run and three RBIs in 43 plate appearances for the NL East-leading Mets. He took time off last season to serve a second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

The eight-time star second baseman had a career batting average of .302 with 335 homers in 17 seasons when the Mets cut him.

Christenson took over the Padres while manager Bob Melvin recovers from prostate surgery.

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