Astros Sign Robinson Cancel

Thin behind the plate after Jason Castro's injury, the Astros added a former big league catcher to the organization today. They signed Robinson Cancel to a minor league deal, according to Jon Heyman of (on Twitter). He'll report to minor league camp, according to's Brian McTaggart (on Twitter).

The 34-year-old native of Puerto Rico last appeared in the majors in 2009 as a member of the Mets. In 102 career MLB plate appearances, the right-handed hitter has a .213/.260/.287 line. Cancel's minor league resume is extensive, as he has played in 1134 minor league games since the Brewers selected him in the 16th round of the 1994 draft. He has a .263/.327/.376 line in 16 minor league seasons.

18 Responses to Astros Sign Robinson Cancel Leave a Reply

  1. LifeLongYankeeFan 4 years ago

    Noooooo Robinson Cano is our best player he is our present and future how could this happen I didn’t even know he was a free agent. Oh wait a minute whoops jk lol.

  2. Quintero and J.R. did alright in each of their games today.

  3. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    I got my iPhone alert and was just like “WHAT?! CANO?!” Then I saw a unicorn.

  4. The Astros “solve” their catching problem by signing an AAAA guy? It’s hard to get excited about that.

  5. Gumby65 4 years ago

    Went to look up “Cancel” on the internet for some back story and be damned if I didn’t get Ch@rli# Sh@4n bombed yet again.

  6. rovert22044 4 years ago

    … Seriously? Sometimes I worry for our organization… -_-

    • Yankee_Baal 4 years ago

      Why? Because they signed another catcher for the spring training workload and possible AAA depth? Yeah, it makes anyone worry ¬¬

      • Why? Because their starting catcher just went down and the best they could do was a 34 year old named Robinson Cancel! We know the Astros won’t be competitive, but come on. If you are trying to strengthen a position with depth, at least give the fans a glimmer of hope.

      • rovert22044 4 years ago

        Steve Smith basically took the words out of my mouth. If you’re going to sign someone, SIGN SOMEONE WITH POTENTIAL! This guy has spent 16 years in the Minors… He has NO value at all…

  7. TartanElk 4 years ago

    Looks like the Astros are already canceling this season.

  8. davengmusic 4 years ago

    Hope this is a depth signing. Otherwise, I’ll probably have to Cancel going to the games this year.

    …see what I did there?….

  9. Guest 4 years ago

    I was looking forward to seeing Castro, hes a nice dude.

  10. Backup_Slider 4 years ago

    This basically means that as of today they’re comfortable with either Towles or Corporan backing up Quintero. Cancel is being signed to take the AAA catching place of whichever 1 of those 2 guys gets the back-up gig.

    • rovert22044 4 years ago

      Here is what I say the Astros do.

      Since we are not going to compete this season, go ahead and give Towles another chance. If Towles does not exceed our expectations, we can seek a trade IF we are actually looking like we can compete. Get some experience under his belt and see what he can do. Not hurting anyone, just giving him a backbone.

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