If the Mets actually manage to get an elite closer without surrendering too much value just because they're also bringing on a Hall of Fame talent in his declining years, you have to give them a standing ovation.
There is significant momentum toward a deal that would send Robinson Cano and Edwin Díaz from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Mets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. While they characterize a deal as not done yet, there is an increasing expectation a trade will get finished.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 29, 2018
Obviously, there are plenty of hurdles remaining, and Cano would have to waive his no-trade to head to New York's other team, but expectations are he will.
A few things could stand in the way of a Canó/Díaz-to-the-Mets deal. The Mariners have not yet approached Canó asking him to waive his no-trade clause, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Still, if there is a deal in place, Canó is expected to agree to it, according to sources.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 29, 2018
Also, don't laugh, but the salary breakdown actually seems...favorable for the Mets?
Reports had the Mariners eating $10M per year on Cano and taking back Bruce. If that happens (we'll see), the Mets take on no additional salary in 2019-20, and when the Cano money hits in 2021, guys like Frazier, Cespedes, etc. will be off the books.— Mike Axisa (@mikeaxisa) November 29, 2018
Theoretically, Jay Bruce would still head Seattle's way to offset some obligations, but much of Cano's money would come later in the deal, when New York's other pricey mistakes will be long gone.
Depending on the caliber of prospect New York is forced to attach, this deal may be downgraded from "massive win" to "still pretty big win," but this seems to be a phenomenal deal for Brodie Van Wagenen early in his days at the helm.
Of course, there's always someone to throw cold water on the flames.
#Mets do not currently feel like they are close to a deal for Cano/Diaz. Of course, things can change quickly, but as of this moment there is no agreement on financials or personnel that would be exchanged.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 29, 2018
Let's hope for things to change quickly.
It's hard to believe even the rebuilding Mariners would be so willing to give up Edwin Diaz as the second piece in a salary reset. With all due respect, that's a Mets-like disaster.