Are you a Mets fan that often laments the deal that brought Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to Queens at the expense of Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn, among others?
Might want to sit down, then, because we’re about to make that buyer’s remorse worse.
According to MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners had a choice when dealing Diaz during the 2018-19 offseason, and discussed a deal that would instead send Edwin Diaz and Jean Segura to the Phillies for a package that was headlined by consensus Top 30 pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez.
That’s right, Mets fans: not only could Diaz be imploding elsewhere in the division, but the Mets could also almost completely avoid Sanchez, who has a 2.75 ERA in six starts and looks to be a fixture in the Marlins’ rotation for long, long time.
Of course, we know how this all ended: the Mets dealt five players to Seattle for Diaz and Cano, Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto then dealt Segura to Philly anyway in a five-player deal (relievers Juan Nicasio and James Pazos are long gone, though), and then the Phillies dealt a package led by Sanchez to the Marlins for J.T. Realmuto.
It also won’t make anyone happy to know that while most outlets regarded Kelenic as a better prospect than Sanchez entering this season, he has been stuck at the Mariners’ alternate site in Tacoma while Sixto-mania has taken South Florida by storm.
So much for Jeff Wilpon’s comments shortly after the Diaz trade about the team’s aggressiveness coming in part to keep the reliever away from the Phillies…
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