Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cano, Diaz Blockbuster Trade to Mets Done

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cano, Diaz Blockbuster Trade to Mets Done

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The Mets and the Mariners have agreed to a deal that sends Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to New York contingent upon players passing their physicals, per a source.

ESPN first reported the deal.

The Mets are sending the Mariners 2018 first-round outfielder Jarred Kelenic, 2016 first-round pitcher Justin Dunn, lefty outfielder Jay Bruce, righty reliever Anthony Swarzak, and young righty reliever Gerson Bautista, according to a source.

Seattle will also contribute $20 million to offset some of the $120 million owed to Cano over the final five seasons, according to Yahoo.

The deal is expected to be announced as soon as Monday.

The Mets and Mariners started inching toward a deal late this week, and they were still working through the final details this weekend.

Diaz is the headliner for the Mets after posing a 1.96 ERA this past season with Seattle. The Mets had to give up two first-round picks in order to acquire him for the next four seasons. He immediately steps in as the closer and upgrades the bullpen.

The righty led MLB with 57 saves last year.

Cano, 36, is the splashier name but he's not the same player he was in his Yankee days. The 36-year-old still produced a productive season last year by hitting .303, but he served an 80-game suspensions for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. He will serve as the team's starting second baseman.

Adding the two ex-Mariners makes the Mets a better team in 2019, and also gives the Mets some added payroll flexibility. Bruce and Swarzak combined will make $22.5 million next season, and Cano and Diaz will make roughly $25 million.

The money Seattle is sending will pay down Cano's contract to roughly $63.5 million since Bruce is still owed $14 million next season.

This deal, while helping the Mets' chances to contend, has drawn some criticism since the Mets are giving up two of their best prospects. …

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