Mets, Mariners Getting Closer To Cano Trade

Ross Houston
December 4, 2018

The Mariners may have to cover some of that money to get the deal done.

The possible inclusion of Edwin Diaz could be the biggest obstacle for the Mets and Mariners to overcome.

Nelson Cruz #23 of the Seattle Mariners and Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate a three-run home run off of starting pitcher Seth Lugo #67 of the New York Mets that also scored Cano and Jean Segura #2, second from right, of the Seattle Mariners, Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of an interleague game at Safeco Field on July 30, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. It's unclear how much of the $120 million remaining on Cano's salary that NY would have to eat, but Seattle is apparently willing to move stud closer Edwin Diaz as part of the deal. The $60 million being thrown around might be too high and that it might include some of the money that's being offset by veterans Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak, who would be going to Seattle.

The Mariners had been speaking to several other teams (the Phillies, Braves and Red Sox among them) about variations of trades that include Cano and Diaz separately and as a package, but shifted course late Thursday and began focusing on the Mets.

Brodie Van Wagenen, the Mets' new general manager, has vowed to make improvements following New York's second straight non-playoff season. That is a very expensive prospect buy, so it is fair to assume that the Mariners are likely assuming some of those Bruce/Swarzak contracts (say $20 million) while kicking in $40 million towards Cano's contract.

This is where the money the Mets are getting back from Seattle factors in. The Noah Syndergaard rumors are still swirling as well, and it may lend more credence to them as Van Wagenen may look to flip Syndergaard for more pieces to try and help the Mets win now. Consider this: In 2014, Forbes estimated the Mets were worth $800 million. The most money the Mets have ever given to a player is the eight year, $138 million deal they gave David Wright after the 2012 season, so expecting them to more than double that for Harper is unlikely. He'll be just 25 years old on Opening Day and is under team control for four more seasons.

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