Robinson Cano's positive test for a banned substance and the ensuing 80-game suspension that was announced this week came as no surprise to one of his former New York Yankees teammates.
Mark Teixeira spent five years in New York over Cano. At a guest appearance at the Michael Kay Show on Thursday at 98.7 ESPN New York, the former First Baseman was asked if he ever suspected Cano of performance-enhancing substances.
"Yeah, I do not really want to go into details, I love Robby, I'm just not surprised said Teixeira, a baseball analyst for ESPN since leaving after the 2016 season. "I do not really want to go too far, but I think a lot of people say the same thing."
Teixeira offered no details or examples to support his claim.
Major League Baseball announced Cano Suspension on Tuesday, saying it tested positive for the diuretic furosemide that violated the MLB drug prevention and treatment program. The second baseman from Seattle Mariners accepted the barrier. According to the drug policy of the sport, a player is not automatically suspended for the use of a diuretic, unless MLB can prove that he wanted to use it as a masking agent.
Cano was the second baseman of the Yankees alongside Teixiera between 2009 and 2013. As Cano became a free agent after the 13 season, he signed a 10-year contract with the Mariners for $ 240 million. The Yankees were not nearly equal to Seattle's offer.
Teixeira said he considered Cano's associations in New York when he formulated his suspicions about him.
"Let's use this situation here, Robby Cano's assistant was on the list for Biogenesis," Teixeira said Thursday, referring to the clinic at the center of Major League Baseball 2013 PED scandal. "Well, of course he did an assistant, do you buy stuff for him, Alex Rodriguez got fucked by Biogenesis, and Melky (former Yankee outsider, Melky Cabrera) showed up, they were the best of friends, if anyone fell into that group. " because there is evidence. There is a paper trail, there is a smoke trail. "