Bye, Bye Robinson Cano

The Robinson Cano era is over in Queens.

The Mets designated Cano for assignment as the final move to trim their roster down to 26 players.

The move is a costly one. Cano still had two years and $40.5 million left on his contract entering this season. But the 39-year-old was off to a rough start to the season as a part-time player, posting a slash line of .195/.233/.268 in 43 plate appearances across 12 games (11 starts). He had only been used as a pinch-hitter once.

Cano was the final cut to get down to a 26-man roster after MLB expanded rosters to 28 for April due to a shortened spring training. Reliever Yoan Lopez, who had been called up on Sunday to replace the injured Sean Reid-Foley, was the other player to get shipped out, returning to Triple-A Syracuse.

“Robbie absolutely still wants to play. Given the right situation, he can still make a meaningful contribution for a team,” said Brodie Van Wagenen, Cano’s agent and the former Mets GM.