According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mets would not take on Robinson Cano, his contract, and shed a top prospect unless the Mariners take a chunk of the contract and add a piece such as Diaz.
Rosenthal adds that the if the Mets “offload” a contact like of Jay Bruce‘s it is wondered whether or not they could “put resources to better use in other ways”.
Andy Martino of SNY added to it with his own report. “All I can tell you is the sides have talked specifics and Mets are interested in the player at the right price for them. Same as reported yesterday. Those are the facts”.
He then inserted “As Ken Rosenthal said, Mets are waiting to see how desperate Mariners get with Cano. [Mariners] would have to eat major money. Figure we heard yesterday was roughly $10 million per year.” However, Martino notes that no deal is close right now with either New York team.
Cano, 36, is entering the sixth year of a 10-year, $240 million contract, with five years and $120 million remaining. Reports yesterday had the Mets looking likely to receive around $10 million per season to bring down his average annual salary to $14 million per year.