The baseball world was quick to pile up their reactions to the reported swap of Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, and cash to th Mets for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Justin Dunn, Jarred Kelenic, and Gerson Bautista.
The Athletics’s Ken Rosenthal was quick to dive into the topic, and is quoted to “A person in touch with the Mets’ front office, meanwhile, said some team officials were crushed by the prospect of losing Kelenic”, adding, “I think two of their guys might cry.”
Kelenic is the Mets’ top draft pick from 2018, but it is also to be noted that he was a selection of the previous regime, and the new one may not view him as highly.
Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, Who originally broke that the Mets and Mariners were serious on a deal, says “This is what passes for a controversial trade in 2018. It’s a fourth-place team in a strong division giving up good prospects and taking back a 36-year-old with five years and $120 million remaining on his deal (along with an unknown amount of cash). It’s valuing a one-inning relief pitcher – albeit maybe the best in the game today – as the centerpiece of a blockbuster deal… All it takes to do that is seven words. The Mets are trying to win now.”
In a later tweet, he said “If indeed the amount of money accompanying Edwin Díaz and Robinson Canó to the Mets is $60M, as [Andy Martino] is reporting, my take on the trade goes from ‘I like it’ to ‘this is very legal and very cool.’”
Although we don’t know the exact number, the aforementioned amount by Passan coincides with SNY’s Andy Martino’s previous reporting of around $60 million being sent from Seattle to the Mets.
MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo referenced a report he made on SNY’s Baseball Night In New York, adding “Said this last night on SNY, and have since heard it from multiple baseball people: the Cano talks signal the Mets are in full win-now mode. And they can’t stop here, because Cano and Diaz alone don’t make this team a winner.
DiComo finished, “It’s going to be a very, very active offseason.”
ESPN’s Buster Olney had a different view, slamming the Mets for not just spending money on multi year deals for mid-30s relievers on the open market. He presented his “Better Plan B”, which included spending big on an aging reliever, where he cited Craig Kimbrel and Andrew Miller. They then sign a catcher, and then sit and wait for a reliever to fall to them as the market drops.
One things for sure, this is the type of blockbuster move that is going to invoke plenty of strong reactions from both sides of the trade.