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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 24: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on August 24, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 24: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on August 24, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets in action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on September 04, 2020 in New York City. The Phillies defeated the Mets 5-3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Quentin Haynes includes some cash in his Nolan Arenado trade offer

We arrive at our final trade idea. This one, from Quentin Haynes, includes a little bit of cash going to Colorado.

Haynes isn’t the first to mention Robinson Cano in any Arenado deal. SNY has proposed the same thing which I don’t quite get. There are probably teams out there willing to take on Arenado’s full contract.

What Haynes does do right is include a little more balance with the Mets paying $5 million per year through the rest of Cano’s contract. This would definitely prevent the Rockies from hanging up the phone immediately.

Including Davis makes a whole lot of sense as well. For some young talent, Thomas Szapucki also heads westward.

This deal seems to be more about the Rockies getting out from under contract than adding players that can help them in the future. Davis is a good big leaguer, but nowhere on the same level as Arenado. The jury is out on what Szapucki will eventually come. However, he’s not a prospect ranked nearly as high as the others mentioned in our previous trade ideas.

The plus with this trade is that I don’t see Mets fans getting too angry about it. Getting rid of Cano would, alone, get them excited. Most probably understand Davis has to go. As a lesser prospect, losing Szapucki would also sit well enough.

In any trade proposal for Arenado, the Mets will probably need to include at least one big league bat, a prospect, and one more player. Depending on how ready the Rockies are to try and win would determine if it’s another big leaguer or a piece from the farm.

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Thank you to Michael, James, and Quentin for helping me with this. I would trust each of them in the GM chair to not do anything stupid.

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