The Seattle Mariners are actively shopping Robinson Cano and his $120 million contract. The one team that keeps coming up in trade rumors? The New York Mets.
The fit with the Mets does not seem ideal on paper, as rookie second baseman Jeff McNeill showed promise in 2018 and their top prospect Peter Alonso plays first.
With no real place to play him, and with Cano about to play his age-36 season, a trade seemed far-fetched, but reports are that there is real buzz that the Mets might land Cano.
There is some buzz about the Mets' chances of getting Cano.— Matt Ehalt (@MattEhalt) November 27, 2018
Andy Martino of SNY has done reporting on a potential Cano trade and he has outlined the following parameters for things to get done.
- Get Edwin Diaz or Mitch Haniger— SNY (@SNYtv) November 27, 2018
- Pay Cano around $14M annually
- Move McNeill to third@martinonyc with the parameters of a potential Robinson Cano trade for the Mets: https://t.co/l5XziGuEse pic.twitter.com/PL1LVaBl7F
The Mets would love to address multiple needs with this trade and that is the only way that a deal makes sense.
If they can add an elite young closer like Edwin Diaz and rid themselves of Jay Bruce's contract, then this deal could get done. Especially if the Mariners ate $10 million annually as Martino suggests.
Chris Russo was a longtime New York sports radio host and he is still trying to be the voice of reason when analyzing the Mets pursuit of Cano.
What seemed like a completely improbable trade destination 48 hours ago has suddenly become a front-runner of sorts as the Mets may just be the team that trades for Cano.