Mets, Mariners In Serious Trade Talks About Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz


NEW YORK ( -- It's becoming clear that talks between the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners about a possible trade involving Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz are quite serious, though there were conflicting reports Thursday afternoon on the details.

Yahoo's Jeff Passan reported there is "significant momentum" toward a trade that would send Cano and Diaz to New York. Passan reported that league sources have told him there is "an increasing expectation a trade will get finished."

However, the New York Post's Joel Sherman quickly reported that the Mets "do not currently feel like they are close to a deal for Cano/Diaz," adding there has been no agreement on financials or personnel that would be involved.

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.

Diaz, 24, had a 1.96 ERA and an MLB-leading 57 saves last season. The Puerto Rican right-hander was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2018.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported the Mets have discussed giving up their 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, starting pitcher Justin Dunn and outfielder Jarred Kelenic, respectively. 

WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported that pitching prospect David Peterson's name also has come up in talks. Peterson was the Mets' 2017 first-round selection. 

The rebuilding Mariners are reportedly hoping to rid themselves of as much of the five years and $120 million remaining on Cano's contract as possible. Cano would need to waive his no-trade clause, something he has not yet been approached about, according to Passan.

Cano, 36, was suspended for 80 games last season for PEDs. He hit .303 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs in 80 games.

Cano spent the first nine years of his big-league career with the Yankees and was a member of their 2009 world championship team. He signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners in December 2013, a deal that runs through his age-40 season.

Over his 14-year career, the eight-time All-Star has a .304 average, 2,470 hits, 311 home runs and 1,233 RBIs.