Retired slugger Mark Teixeira said Thursday that he was "not surprised" to see former teammate Robinson Cano suspended 80 games for violating MLB's joint drug agreement.
The two played together on the New York Yankees, where Teixeira said Cano was close with PED users such as Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera. Teixeira offered his comments on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York's radio station.
"Robbie Cano's assistant was on the list for Biogenesis," Teixeira said. "Of course he had his assistant buy stuff for him. Alex Rodriguez got popped by Biogenesis and Melky got popped. They're his best friends. When someone gets lumped into that group, it's because there's evidence, there's a paper trail, there's a smoke trail. ...
"I really don't want to get into too much detail. I love Robbie. But yeah, I'm just not surprised. I don't really want to go too much further. But I think a lot of people are kind of saying the same thing."
Robinson Cano through his career
Robinson Cano through his career
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano hangs on the dugout rail in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 7-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, May 29, 2005. Rey Sanchez played in place of Cano in tonight's game. REUTERS/Jeff Zelevansky JAZ
New York Yankees batter Robinson Cano strikes out swinging on a pitch from Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Derrick Turnbow with no outs, and a baserunner on second base in the ninth inning at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 6, 2005. The Yankees went on to lose to the Brewers 4-3 giving them six loses in the last seven games. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson AF/TC
New York Yankees batter Robinson Cano reacts as he watches his two-run home run of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Benson in the third inning of their MLB baseball game in New York's Yankee Stadium April 21, 2006. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine
American League All Star Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees listens to a question at a news conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 10, 2006. Major League Baseball will hold its 77th All Star Game on July 11. REUTERS/John Sommers II (UNITED STATES)
New York Yankees' Robinson Cano (L) celebrates his eighth inning three run home run in the dugout with teammate Bobby Abreu against the Kansas City Royals during their American League baseball game in Kansas City, Missouri September 4,2006. REUTERS/Dave Kaup (UNITED STATES)
New York Yankees player Robinson Cano leaves the dugout after his team was defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays at the end of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto May 29, 2007. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA)
Baseball team New York Yankees' Robinson Cano poses during the team's photo day at Legends Field in Tampa, Florida February 21, 2008. REUTERS/Scott Audette (UNITED STATES)
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano throws out Boston Red Sox Mark Kotsay (not pictured) to end the third inning of their American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts September 26, 2008. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES)
New York Yankees batter Robinson Cano watches the ball after he hit a home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, May 20, 2009. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees batter Robinson Cano (R) is mobbed by teammates including CC Sabathia (C) and Joba Chamberlain (L) after he hit a single to score the winning run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 11th inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, August 12, 2009. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
New York Yankees Robinson Cano gestures towards teammate Melky Cabrera after Cabrera drove him in on a hit against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning in Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in Anaheim, California October 20, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees batter Robinson Cano swings as he hits a grand-slam home against the Cleveland Indians in the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York May 28, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Seattle Mariners runner Josh Wilson slides under New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (R) after he was forced out at second base on a ball hit by Mariners batter Ichiro Suzuki in the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York August 20, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
New York Yankees' Robinson Cano (L) is congratulated on a solo home run by teammate Derek Jeter in the second inning during Game 4 of their Major League League Baseball ALCS playoff series against the Texas Rangers in New York, October 19, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano stands in front of the scoreboard at Fenway Park reflecting the seven runs the Boston Red Sox scored during the fifth inning of American League MLB baseball action at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts April 21, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
American League All-Star Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees practices before Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Kansas City, Missouri July 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees Robinson Cano blows a bubble while rounding the bases with a solo home run in to tie the game against the Oakland Athletics during the ningh inning of their MLB baseball game in Oakland, California July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Dominican Republic's Robinson Cano smiles after hitting an RBI single against the New York Yankees during the fifth inning of their exhibition baseball game in Tampa, Florida March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Scott Audette (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Dominican Republic's Robinson Cano holds his gold medal after his team defeated Puerto Rico in the final to win the World Baseball Classic in San Francisco, March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees speaks with reporters before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Home Run Derby in New York July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Dec 12, 2013; Settle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (center) poses for a photo with Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik (left) and Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon (right) during a press conference at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 29, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) motions to his former teammates on the Yankee Bench during his first at bat against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a two-run homer against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 5, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) runs the bases after hitting a two-run homer against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 21, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) celebrates following his game winning walk off sacrifice fly ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during the twelfth inning at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated Toronto 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Guillermo Heredia (5) gets a hug from second baseman Robinson Cano (22) after hitting the game tying home run against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
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Cano, 34, said he tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that is considered to be a masking agent. He said he never used PEDs and that the banned substance was within medication given to him to treat a separate condition.
The suspension could tarnish Cano's case to make the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is a .304 lifetime hitter with 305 home runs, 1,206 RBIs and 2,417 hits in 2,037 games. He is an eight-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove winner.
Teixeira, who said he never used PEDs, suggested that Major League Baseball should increase its penalties.
"We need to look at, OK, if you get popped, your contract can be voided," Teixeira said. "I think we should absolutely look at those things. You look at other walks of life. If you get caught insider trading or if you get caught cheating on your taxes, you go to prison, you're banned for life from trading. These are the types of things happening to these quote-unquote cheats.
"In baseball? Eh, half a season. In football? Four games, whatever it may be. ... We need to look at harsher penalties."
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