The New York Mets appear poised to make a major splash on the MLB trade market by swinging a blockbuster deal to land second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners.
Here's the latest on the rumored trade, per Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan.
There is significant momentum toward a deal that would send Robinson Cano and Edwin Díaz from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Mets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. While they characterize a deal as not done yet, there is an increasing expectation a trade will get finished.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 29, 2018
Also, medicals have scuttled many a deal. So those are far from inconsequential. All in all, though, the Mariners are extremely motivated to move Canó, and they have made significant progress on a deal that would land Robinson Canó and All-Star closer Edwin Díaz with the Mets.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 29, 2018
Recent reports suggested the Mariners were "actively" pursuing a Cano trade, with the New York Yankees and Mets among the teams the Mariners talked about a possible deal with.
Cano still has five years and $120 million left on his contract, and to get off that deal, it's possible the Mariners need to give up on a stud pitcher like Diaz. The 24-year-old closer was lights out in 2018 and won the American League Reliever of the Year award as a result. He tallied an AL-leading 57 saves, along with a 1.96 ERA, a 0.79 WHIP, 124 strikeouts and 17 walks over 73 1/3 innings.
Diaz would significantly upgrade a Mets bullpen that had the second-worst ERA in the National League last season, as well as the second-most earned runs allowed. Cano also would add much-needed power to a Mets lineup that ranks 12th out of 15 NL clubs in runs scored in 2018.
It'll be interesting to see, if this trade happens, how it affects other teams interested in Diaz. That list reportedly includes the Boston Red Sox, who would need a closer if Craig Kimbrel leaves in free agency this offseason. The Red Sox don't need Cano, however, so if these two players are a package deal, it would be hard to imagine Boston pulling off that kind of move.
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