Braves Trade adds former All-Star lefty to the infield mix

The Atlanta Braves traded with the San Diego Padres to bring in second baseman Robinson Cano as a left-hander on the plate and help in the infield.

That brave were already putting a lot of pressure on the Mets at the top of the NL East.

Now they’re hoping a former Met will help them get over the top.

On Sunday, Atlanta sent the Padres cash payments in exchange for Robinson Cano, who has played minor league ball for the franchise in recent weeks.

Braves Trade adds the former All-Star to the infield mix

“Robinson Cano is joining Braves to deal with Padres because of money considerations and is expected to be in the majors very soon.” Jon Heyman tweeted. “Braves are very good, but they desperately need lefties.”

Cano, who was released by the Mets earlier this season, could be pulled out of the minors in time to face his former team in their series starting Monday.

The Braves lost second baseman Ozzie Albies to a broken foot in June. Orlando Arcia replaced him in the lineup.

At 39, Cano was underperforming in the major league at-bats earlier this season. In 24 appearances with the Mets and Padres, he hit .149/.182/.189 on one home run.

He’s made more of an impact in the minor leagues since San Diego brought him down, hitting .333/.375/.479 with three homers in 21 games.

It’s not clear how much of an impact he’ll have at this point, but it’s a very low-risk move for the Braves. When he plays like he did for New York and San Diego, Atlanta didn’t give up much to gain him as second base cover. If he shows progress since his time in the minors, he could be a real boost for the lineup as a left option. Braves Trade adds former All-Star lefty to the infield mix

John Verrall

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