Mets in talks to get Cano, Diaz from Seattle, reports say
The Mets and Mariners are engaged in trade talks about a potential blockbuster that would send second baseman Robinson Cano and All-Star closer Edwin Diaz to Queens, but no deal was close to completion as of midday Thursday, a source said.
Cano, 36 and coming off a season in which he served an 80-game PED suspension, is owed $120 million over the next five years, the back half of one of the largest contracts in baseball history. In his previous career as a player agent, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen negotiated Cano’s 10year, $240 million deal with the Mariners after the 2013 season.
The Mariners, embarking on a rebuild that has already included a trade of left-hander James Paxton to the Yankees and catcher Mike Zunino to the Rays, are motivated to dump Cano’s contract, so much so that they are willing to pay it down and perhaps include Diaz in the same trade, according to multiple reports.
Diaz, 24, led the majors with 57 saves in 2018, finishing eighth in AL Cy Young Award voting.