Mets Finalizing Blockbuster Trade to Bring Star Closer and Robinson Canó to New York
The Mariners and Mets are putting the final touches on the biggest deal of the MLB offseason thus far.
It’s not a done deal yet, but it appears like ex-Yankee star Robinson Canó will be coming back to the Big Apple – as a member of the New York Mets.
The Seattle Mariners and Mets are reportedly finalizing a deal which would bring players including Canó and star closer Edwin Díaz to New York.
Cano still has $120 million remaining on the 10-year contract he signed with the Mariners in December 2013 so New York will have to take on a lot of that salary, if not all of it, in order to get the deal done.
That’s the price the team will have to pay if they want Diaz, who led the majors with 57 saves last season and had a sparkling 1.96 ERA.
In exchange for giving up a 24-year-old talent like Diaz, the Mariners will likely be getting back multiple top prospects in return from New York. Names being mentioned include right-hander Justin Dunn, outfielder Jarred Kelenic, right-hander Gerson Bautista, and second baseman Jeff McNeil.
In order to make the salary numbers at least somewhat close, New York is also expected to include outfielder Jay Bruce and reliever Anthony Swarzak, who made a combined $34 million, in any trade package.
While the deal will cost the Mets prospects, never an easy to pill swallow, the money they will be taking on by bringing Canó back to the city where he starred from 2005 to 2013 as a Yankee should not be a deterrent in finalizing the trade, according to Yahoo Sports.
“These are the New York Mets. Emphasis on ‘New York.’ They may be little brother to the Yankees, but they had the seventh-highest revenue in the sport last season, according to Forbes Whatever financial troubles the Mets may have had went away in recent years, as the values of franchises skyrocketed. Consider this: In 2014, Forbes estimated the Mets were worth $800 million. Today that number is $2 billion.”
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