Offseason trade discussions between the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners involving Robinson Cano are gaining “significant momentum.”
It’s already pictured in the minds of every Queens-loving baseball fan in the borough. Robinson Cano in blue and orange.
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
“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.”
Cano, 36, is coming off the worst and most turbulent season of his MLB career. Suspended for 80 games due to his use of performance-enhancing drugs, the Seattle Mariners second baseman only smashed 10 home runs to go along with 50 runs batted in while hitting .303. Considering he played in just 80 games, the stat-line isn’t so bad.
The Cano rumors have persisted for over a week now. Young general manager Brodie Van Wagenen seems to have targeted Cano as a nice option. It’s feasible due to the M’s newfound dedication to a rebuild.
It’s also expected due to the money Seattle is expected to take on—a huge portion of Cano’s existing big-money contract.
Edwin Diaz is a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher who collected a league-leading 57 saves a season ago. Pitching to a 1.96 ERA and 0.791 WHIP, Diaz dominated during his breakout season while striking out an incredible 124 batters in 73.1 innings.
Despite the feel-good report, Joel Sherman of the New York Post firmly slammed on the breaks. The veteran baseball journalist reported that the Mets don’t feel as though they are close to a deal.
#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
As of now, Cano remains in Seattle. Hang tight, though, for this is the hot stove.