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Giants should trade for Mitch Haniger after Mariners-Mets blockbuster

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Giants should trade for Mitch Haniger after Mariners-Mets blockbuster

Well, it’s happening: Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz will be members of the Mets, pending physicals, according to multiple national reports. They’re leaving Seattle in a blockbuster trade and that means a lot.

The Mariners weren’t supposed to trade Diaz unless they were “super overwhelmed to consider a deal for him." 

This “overwhelming deal” turned out to be the Mariners acquiring outfielder Jay Bruce plus prospects Jarred Kelenic, Anthony Swarzak, Justin Dunn, and Gerson Bautista.

With that said, it’s possible the Mariners are going to continue to do Mariner-like things at the hands of Jerry Dipoto. And we haven’t even arrived at the Winter Meetings yet.

Still, this doesn’t mean bad news, especially for Bay Area baseball fans.  As bizarre as some of the trades the Mariners GM makes are, the Giants could use that to their advantage. That means an outfield that possesses Mitch Haniger, another Mariner who was thought to be out of trade talks but very well could be now.

Hometown boy

For starters, the outfielder is a Bay Area-native which means he wouldn’t mind revisiting his old stomping grounds. He was born in Mountain View, attended Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, and went to Cal Poly. 

Sure -- those are just the feel-good storylines that you put to a “homecoming” theme song during a video montage, but there’s more. 

The Giants really  need him

Another important reason would be the fact that well, the Giant are starving for outfielders like Dipoto is starving to make weird trades. So why not take advantage of it?

At the moment, the depth chart for the Giants looks as follows:

A bit young, right? 

Yes, we know the “rebuilding” phrase is going to be used over and over again. But that doesn’t mean someone with years under his belt roaming the outfield and being one of the most underrated players in the league shouldn’t be considered. If anything, he’s needed. 

[RELATED: Giants rebuild could be full year away]

No stranger to NL West

OK, before you get all in my mentions about how he performs at AT&T Park -- we don’t really know. It’s a ridiculously small sample size: Seven at-bats and nine plate appearances in two games. In those few outings, however, he did slash .286/.444/.286. 

But …

He played in 34 games with the D-backs in 2016. And while it’s still a relatively small sample size, it’s not like this will be a complete culture shock for him. He’s had enough time in the NL West to hopefully feel comfortable. 

The FA outfield market … or lack thereof

Alex Pavlovic reminded us that the market for outfielders isn’t filled to the brim with moments to gather them up like a bushels of apples. So, in order to get the type of talent the team needs, it’s important to acquire the Haniger-types in deals like this. 

And with the Hot Stove at a mere simmer, sometimes you have to light that baby yourself. 

Would Dipoto be “overwhelmed” with a package centered around Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos or Shaun Anderson? Perhaps, but you never really know with Dipoto. 

Ramos has the highest ceiling of any Giants prospect since Buster Posey -- so it goes without saying he’s good. Can the outfielder take the place of Haniger? Well yes, but not now. The 19-year-old still has a few years to be spent in the minor leagues, but it’s certainly something to think about.

The Mariners outfield will be just fine

Yes, the Mariners outfield situation would take a hit, but they’ve got plenty of talent covering space at Safeco.

Ben Gamel can come through in the clutch when he’s needed. The team has a hidden gem in Kristopher Negron, and Mallex Smith is fast and dominates defensively when he’s playing right field. And remember -- the team is getting Jay Bruce. 

So, perhaps -- see you soon, Mitch Haniger? 

Mariners' $240 million man Robinson Cano suspended for failed drug test

Mariners' $240 million man Robinson Cano suspended for failed drug test

It's been a really bad week for Robinson Cano.

On Sunday, the eight-time All-Star was hit by a pitch on his right hand. Tests revealed he broke the pinky finger. On Monday, he was placed on the disabled list.

But Tuesday brought even worse news. Cano has been suspended 80 games for violating MLB's joint drug agreement, the league announced Tuesday.

Cano tested positive for Furosemide, which is a Diuretic. He issued the following statement shortly after MLB announced the suspension:

Recently I learned that I tested positive for a substance called Furosemide, which is not a Performance Enhancing Substance. Furosemide is used to treat various medical conditions in the United States and the Dominican Republic.  This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment.  While I did not realize at the time that I was given a medication that was banned, I obviously now wish that I had been more careful.

For more than fifteen years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life.  I would never do anything to cheat the rules of the game that I love, and after undergoing dozens of drug tests over more than a decade, I have never tested positive for a Performance Enhancing Substance for the simple reason that I have never taken one.

Today I decided to accept MLB’s suspension. This was the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life, but ultimately the right decision given that I do not dispute that I was given this substance. I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates and the Mariners organization.  I am extremely grateful for the support I have received during this process, and I look forward to rejoining my teammates later this season.

The 35-year-old Cano is in the fifth year of a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Mariners. He was off to a decent start to the 2018 season. In 39 games, Cano was hitting .287/.385/.441 with 10 doubles, four home runs and 23 RBI.

Cano has been one of the most durable players in baseball the last dozen years. From 2007 through 2017, he played in at least 150 games each season and played in at least 160 games six times during that span.

News of Cano's suspension was first reported by Z Deportes and The Athletic.