Mets to ac­quire Cano, Diaz in block­buster deal

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - BOB NIGHT­EN­GALE

Robin­son Cano is head­ing back to the Big Ap­ple.

The New York Mets and Seat­tle Mariners in­formed their play­ers Satur­day that a trade has been com­pleted that will send the all-star sec­ond base­man and closer Ed­win Diaz to the Mets for vet­er­ans out­fielder Jay Bruce, right-han­der An­thony Swarzak and three prospects, a high-rank­ing of­fi­cial di­rectly in­volved in the trade con­firmed.

The Mets also will re­ceive US$20 mil­lion from the Mariners, who in re­turn also got prospects out­fielder Jarred Ke­lenic and right-han­ders Justin Dunn and Ger­son Bautista. Con­sid­er­ing they also shed $38 mil­lion in salary from Bruce and Swarzak, they will be on the hook for

$63 mil­lion over the next five years to Cano in­stead of

$120 mil­lion. The deal hinges on play­ers pass­ing phys­i­cals.

With the trade, the Mets are sig­nalling they are all in to win in 2019, un­der new gen­eral man­ager Brodie Van Wa­ge­nen. They still are con­tin­u­ing their search for a catcher, bullpen help and po­ten­tially a third base­man.

The Mariners, who have the long­est post-season drought in base­ball, dat­ing to 2001, are in a com­plete re­build.

They al­ready traded ace James Pax­ton and catcher Mike Zunino, and now have all-star short­stop Jean Se­gura and for­mer bat­ting cham­pion Dee Gor­don on the trade block.

Cano, who was sus­pended 80 games for vi­o­lat­ing Ma­jor League Base­ball’s drug pol­icy last season, spent the first nine years of his ca­reer in New York with the Yan­kees be­fore sign­ing a 10-year, $240-mil­lion deal with the Mariners af­ter the

2013 season.

Diaz, 24, has blos­somed into one of the most dom­i­nant closers in base­ball and his 57 saves in 2018 tied for the sec­ond-most in base­ball his­tory.

The right-han­der made 73 ap­pear­ances, strik­ing out 124 in 73 1/3 in­nings.

Ke­lenic, an out­fielder from Wis­con­sin, was the No. 6 over­all pick in this year’s draft. The 19-year-old hit .286 in his first pro­fes­sional season and is No. 62 in MLB.com’s top 100 prospects.

Bruce has two years and

$28 mil­lion left on the three-year deal he signed with the Mets.

CANA­DIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

Pend­ing phys­i­cals, the Seat­tle Mariners have traded Robin­son Cano to the New York Mets in a multi-player deal.

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