- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Robinson Canó tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and has been suspended without pay for the entire 2021 season, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

The New York Mets second baseman, an eight-time All-Star, was due $24 million in 2021, according to Spotrac, a website that tracks contract data. Canó had also been suspended in 2018 while a member of the Seattle Mariners for 80 games after testing positive for banned substance. A second positive result automatically results in a 162-game ban.

Canó had signed a 10-year deal with Seattle in 2013, but the Mariners bailed on that $240 million contract in a December 2018 trade. It signaled the start of a rebuild in Seattle — flipping Canó and closer Edwin Diaz for three major leaguers and two prospects — and a win-now mentality from New York.

But Canó struggled in his first season for the Mets, hitting .256 with 13 homers. In 49 games during the shortened 2020 campaign, Canó bounced back, hitting .316. The 38-year-old will have two years remaining on his contract once he returns from his suspension.


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