The New York Mets made a roster move on Monday that may surprise some people.
With rosters needing to be trimmed from 28 to 26, the team designated veteran infielder Robinson Canó for assignment as one of their moves.
Reliever Yoan López was optioned to the Syracuse Mets as the other move.
Canó is owed $20 million this season and $20 million next season. The 39-year-old was hitting .195/.233/.268 with just one extra-base hit in 43 plate appearances
The Mets did have other options. They could have optioned Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis or Luis Guillorme to Triple-A. Travis Jankowski could have also been designated for assignment.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Canó would like to continue playing.