The Seattle Mariners and New York Mets are on the verge of a blockbuster trade that would send Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Big Apple.
A deal between the two teams has yet to become official, according to the New York Times, but a deal is imminent. The deal is rumored to involve the following players; going to the Mets will be Cano and Diaz, plus around $60 million to cover the rest of Cano's $120 million contract, that runs through the 2023 season.
Going to the Mariners are the following; Jay Bruce, Gerson Bautista, Anthony Swarzak, Justin Dunn, and Jarred Kelenic.
So if, as expected, the trade is finalized Fri it will be Diaz, Cano, $ to offset some of Cano’s contract for Bruce/Swarzak/Kelenic/Dunn/Bautista. Bruce and Swarzak are owed $39M.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 30, 2018
On paper, it appears that the Mets are the clear winner of this deal. They get a major upgrade at the second-base position with Cano. Diaz will also be a significant improvement at the closer's position.
The Mets will also receive $6o million to counteract the remaining years on Cano's contract. He will be paid through the 2023 season where he will be 41-years-old after the contract expires.
However, the Mets will receive one the best closer's in the league with the acquisition of Diaz. He recorded a league-best 57 saves last season, along with a 1.96 ERA and a 0.791 WHIP.
Diaz is turning 25-years-old next March, and he's also under contract through the 2023 season. He is also on a very inexpensive deal compared to Cano. Last season, he made $570 K and is eligible for his contract to be tendered this off-season again for the last time.
The first-time All-Star is the sole reason why the Mets are willing to take on Cano's contract. He will make up for the years where Cano will be ineffective offensively and still be making $24 million.
On the Mariners side, they had to attach one of the best closers in the league in order to dump Cano's remaining contract. But, they do receive the number three and number four prospects in the Mets system.
Kelenic was the sixth overall pick in the 2018 draft. He is a solid hitting outfielder with an above-average throwing arm. MLB.com expects him to be ready for the majors at the 2022 season.
Dunn was the 19th overall selection in the 2016 draft. He is a right-handed pitcher who has a fastball that ranges between 93-95 mph. His slider also a very effective pitch, which he uses as an out pitch against batters.
Although Kelenic and Dunn are capable of becoming very good players, they likely won't be able to produce what Cano and Diaz have been able to. Which is why the Mets look to be the clear winner of this deal.
WHAT THIS MEANS
This trade sounds the alarm for the Mariners fire sale. They're now making it known that everyone is now available on the roster. The Mariners want to lower their payroll by a significant amount.
This will mean they're going to be at the bottom of the league for a couple of seasons while they rebuild their team through the draft. This will also extend their playoff drought by a number of seasons, with them already owning the longest streak at 17 seasons.