"We were disappointed to learn today that Robinson had violated the terms of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program", the Mariners said.
Cano claims the substance was given to him by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment without his knowledge, but the suspension mars his reputation as one of the game's best second basemen regardless.
"Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called furosemide, which is not a performance enhancing substance", he said.
Under MLB's drug policy, a player is not automatically suspended for use of a diuretic unless MLB can prove he meant to use it as a masking agent. Not to mention, Cano has a full no-trade clause, meaning he won't be easy to get rid of even if other teams are interested. MLB Senior Vice President Patrick Houlihan and union deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum then worked to reach the agreement to accept the discipline.
The 35-year-old second baseman spent the first nine years of his career with the New York Yankees, and news of his suspension shocked his former teammates.
The suspension begins immediately, though Cano, 35, an eight-time all-star, is now on the disabled list with a broken hand after getting hit by a pitch Sunday. No, no, no, no. Ryan Braun was a drug cheat. Cano was trending toward becoming one of the few current players with a chance to reach 3,000 hits in his career and has been a consummate defensive standout.
The suspension was announced two days after the first significant injury during Cano's tenure in Seattle.
Cano suffered a broken fifth metacarpal on his right hand after being hit by a pitch from Tigers' reliever Blaine Hardy on Sunday, and he was placed on the disabled list Monday.
Add Robinson Cano to a long list of Yankees who have steroid and drug pasts. So if you're going to make arguments or consider Hall votes based on legacies, it might make more sense to come down harder on those players actually busted for breaking the rules than those who happened to hit long home runs or throw blazing fastballs 15 or 20 years ago. However, he will lose almost half his $24 million salary from 2018. He's appeared healthier and quicker than the past few seasons when he's played through leg injuries that at times limited his range. But now, he's not going to be playing for a while anyway.