Mets Trade Rumors: A Robinson Cano nod away from correcting last winter
By Tim Boyle
New York Mets trade rumors have headlined MLB’s hot stove this week. We’re now a Robinson Cano nod away from seeing them make a blockbuster deal.
Admittedly, I had some trouble sleeping last night. This sometimes happens when there’s a loud rumbling of thunder, or in this case, a big trade about to go down. New York Mets trade rumors suggested we were very close to seeing something happen very soon between the Orange and Blue and Seattle Mariners.
The latest from these Mets trade rumors have everything now in place for the deal to go down. Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz while head to Flushing with Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Gerson Bautista, Jarred Kelenic, and Justin Dunn going to Seattle.
The only thing that can stop this trade is a bad medical report or Cano’s refusal to waive his no-trade clause. Otherwise, it looks like Brodie Van Wagenen has helped correct mistakes from last winter.
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In the previous offseason, we saw the Mets add five key free agents. They signed Bruce and Swarzak to multi-year deals and offered the same to Todd Frazier and Jason Vargas. Jose Reyes came back on a one-year deal. Thankfully, time took care of that error.
This Cano/Diaz trade will correct two of those errors with Bruce and Swarzak reportedly departing in the deal. The Mets not only clear salary, but they also make it easier to put Peter Alonso on the MLB roster sooner than later.
Many expect Cano to waive his no-trade clause in order to return to New York. The Big Apple is where he began his career, spending his early days with the New York Yankees.
Convincing Cano to agree on this trade is all it will take for the Mets to make their biggest offseason trade since they sent R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays for a bunch of prospects after he won the Cy Young. Making trades over the winter has not been a key strategy of the team in recent years. Instead, they’ve relied on free agent signings in their attempt to bolster the roster.
There’s nothing to indicate Cano will refuse the deal. Closing the Mariners chapter on his career seems like the right decision. All he needs now is to give his approval to shut it down.
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Expect this deal to happen very soon and lead into some new Mets trade rumors up through the Winter Meetings.