Major League Baseball trade rumors: Mets close to getting Cano, Diaz

Major League Baseball trade rumors: Mets close to getting Cano, Diaz

Now, the M's could be shifting their focus from the Bronx to Queens.

The Athletic first reported the Mets and Mariners were closing in on a deal.

That's according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, who reported early Thursday morning that talks between the Mets and Seattle Mariners have progressed to the point where some believe a deal that would send veteran infielder Robinson Cano and star reliever Edwin Diaz to NY could happen shortly.

The deal isn't done yet, as Passan outlined some of the hurdles that remain in completing the blockbuster, including Cano's no-trade clause and potential physicals.

MLB Network's Jon Morosi confirmed Passan's report, with a source telling him talks are "intensifying" between the Mets and Mariners. Names being mentioned include right-hander Justin Dunn, outfielder Jarred Kelenic, right-hander Gerson Bautista, and second baseman Jeff McNeil.

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It was initially believed that the Mariners had no chance of trading Cano, as he is 36 and will make $24 million per season through 2023. Cano hit.303/.374/.471 in 80 games last season before being suspended for half the year because he failed a performance-enhancing drug test.

While the deal will cost the Mets prospects, never an easy to pill swallow, the money they will be taking on by bringing Canó back to the city where he starred from 2005 to 2013 as a Yankee should not be a deterrent in finalizing the trade, according to Yahoo Sports. Then again, Cano, a career.304 hitter with 311 home runs and 1,233 RBIs in 14 seasons, would be a major upgrade to the Mets' infield.

Fancred's Jon Heyman has gathered similar information, adding even more fuel to the rumors that Diaz and Cano could play for the Mets in 2019. He struck out 124 in 73 1/3 innings and opposing hitters batted just.160 against him.

One could argue Diaz is the best closer in baseball.

Cano is owed $120 million and the Mariners could send additional money in the deal. For that matter, why do they want to trade Diaz anyway? The Padres, Reds, Brewers and Rockies are among the teams that have shown some level of interest in Syndergaard, who is under club control for the next three seasons.

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