MLB Rumors: Mets Nearing Trade For Mariners’ Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano?

Report New York Mets Seattle Mariners Could Be Closing In On Monster Robinson Cano Trade

The Seattle Mariners and Mets are reportedly finalizing a deal which would bring players including Canó and star closer Edwin Díaz to NY.

The deal isn't done yet, as Passan outlined some of the hurdles that remain in completing the blockbuster, including Cano's no-trade clause and potential physicals.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that there has been "significant momentum" toward a Cano trade with the Mets and Mariners.

Perhaps more important than adding Cano, a player that starred in NY for nine years as a member of the Yankees, would be the acquisition of Diaz, who is coming off a monster season. Everyone knows that the Mets expect to be paid down for taking on Cano's contract, but that could be complicated by the fact the Mets are sending two bad deals of their own back to Seattle.

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That's the price the team will have to pay if they want Diaz, who led the majors with 57 saves last season and had a sparkling 1.96 ERA.

There have been a lot of possibilities thrown out with this transaction, but the Mariners have reportedly asked for the Mets' first-round pick from a year ago in Jarred Kelenic and another first rounder in Justin Dunn.

Cano, meanwhile, was limited to just 80 games thanks to an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. The hard-throwing right-hander totaled 124 strikeouts over 73 1/3 innings (15.2 K/9) and finished eighth in American League Cy Young voting.

What's more, Diaz is under team control in 2019 and then is arbitration eligible through 2022. The eight-time All-Star batted.303 with 10 home runs, 50 RBIs and an.845 OPS. According to reports, they were not looking to trade Diaz when the offseason began, but started to consider it because attaching him to a deal would make it easier to shed Cano's contract. The Mets need to use that money they are saving to improve other areas of the roster, such as catcher, center field, and acquiring more relievers to supplement Diaz in the bullpen. Cano, 36, is slated to earn $120 million over the next five seasons.

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