Major League Baseball trade rumors: Mets close to getting Cano, Diaz


The Seattle Mariners may have found a way to entice teams to trade for Robinson Cano and his massive contract, and the New York Mets appear to be on board with completing a deal for the aging slugger.

Passan went on to note that Cano would have to waive his no-trade clause for any deal to be completed, but he is expected to be willing to do that. The Mets are prepared to send Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak to the Mariners and possibly multiple prospects: Former Mets first-round draft picks Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn have been discussed, as well as last season's rookie sensation, Jeff McNeil.

The Mariners are seeking to get rid of as much of the five years and $120 million remaining on Cano's contract as possible.

According to Sherman, the Mets believe the Mariners are still wrestling with the decision of whether to trade Diaz separately or attach him to a Cano deal.

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Diaz, 24, is coming off a 2018 campaign where he posted 57 saves and an earned run average of 1.96. Diaz won't be eligible for free agency for another four years, only bolstering his value. The second baseman still managed to hit.303 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs over 80 games in 2018, his fifth season in Seattle and 14th in the Major League Baseball. But Cano, despite declining range, is still viewed primarily as a second baseman after moving to the corners late last season, upon returning from an 80-game PED suspension.

Cano, an eight-time All-Star at second base, signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners in December 2013 - when current Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen served as Cano's agent, along with Jay-Z's Roc Nation.

Cano has a no-trade clause but most think he would waive it to return to NY, where he starred for the Yankees from 2005 to 2013.

Cano would need to waive his no-trade clause, something he has not yet been approached about, according to Passan. Another potential pitfall is the physicals that need to be taken by all players involved in any trade. There is some level of skepticism within the organization that the right-hander will be dealt, but a source cautioned the Mets could continue talking with teams about Syndergaard beyond the upcoming winter meetings.