Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is reporting that there’s significant momentum being made in a trade that would send second baseman Robinson Cano and star closer Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Mets.
Passan says while the trade is not done yet, there is an increasing expectation that a trade between the two teams will be done.
Mets outfielder Jay Bruce has been mentioned in multiple reports to make the money work.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that two former Mets first round picks have been discussed in trade talks, outfielder Jarred Kelenic and right-handed starter Justin Dunn. Jon Heyman of FanCred, also reports that former first rounder David Peterson has been discussed.
Bruce has two-years, $28 million left on his contract after struggling mightily during the 2018 season with the Mets.
Cano, 36 has a .304/.355/.493 slash line with 311 homers, 1,233 runs batted in, and a 127 OPS+ over the course of his 14-year career. Since leaving the Yankees for the Mariners in 2014, Cano has hit .296/.353/.472 with a 129 OPS+.
The veteran Cano hit .303/.374/.471 with 10 homers, 50 RBI, and a 136 OPS+ in 80 games last year for the Mariners. He missed a large chunk of the season because of a steroid suspension and fractured hand.
Cano has five-years, $120 million left on his contract, a deal that that current Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen helped negotiate.
Diaz, 24, pitched to a 1.96 ERA in 73 appearances last season (73.1 innings), racking up a league-leading 57 saves with 124 strikeouts, 17 walks, and a 208 ERA+. The right-hander has a career 2.64 ERA, 2.56 FIP and 14.2 K/9 in 191 major league innings over three seasons.