The Seattle Mariners and the New York Mets are on the verge of completing a deal that could see Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz head to New York in exchange for a couple of prospects plus Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak.
While there have been reports about the expected deal throughout this week, the talks entered an important stage on Thursday after the Mariners informed its involved players about the trade. Mets’ coach Brodie Van Wagenen is a former agent who co-represented Cano and aided in his ten-year $240 million deal in 2013. He’s shown interest in signing the player knowing Cano would provide depth in New York and help his team win.
The Mets also have the finances to absorb Cano’s big deal as they don’t have any other huge commitment beyond 2020. Again, the Mariners are expected to pay off some of Cano’s remaining $120 million should the deal go through.
Another reason the Mets are likely to finalize the deal is Diaz, who is a premium closer and with no huge monies owed. Last season, Diaz made 57 saves and logged 1.96 ERA, great records for players in his position. With the addition of two relievers, the Mets will be in a good position to fight for trophies next year.