Mets in talks to get Cano, Diaz from Seat­tle, re­ports say

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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.

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