New York Mets' Robinson Cano banned for year due to PED

Tanya Simon
November 19, 2020

Robinson Cano has been suspended for the entire 2021 season after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

Cano, who turned 38 in October, is under contract through the 2023 season earning $24 million a season.

According to the joint drug agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, a second positive test means that a player is automatically suspended for 162 games.

There was no immediate comment from Cano or the players' union.

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After the 2018 season, Cano was traded to the Mets. The Mariners were on the tab to pay $3.75 million of that salary, with the Mets set to take on $20.25 million. He's an eight-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove victor. Cano became a star with the New York Yankees before signing with the Mariners. Cano also received an 80-game ban in 2018 when he tested positive for a different substance that he said was given to him by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic.

Cano has forfeited $35.7 million in salary for the two suspensions.

Minus Cano, New York could move good-hitting Jeff McNeil into a regular spot at second base. McNeil has played all over the infield and outfield while batting.319 in three seasons with the Mets.

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