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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Report: Mets, Mariners making significant progress on Robinson Cano trade

Robinson Cano

The Seattle Mariners may have found a way to entice teams to trade for Robinson Cano and his massive contract, and the New York Mets appear to be on board with completing a deal for the aging slugger.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that there has been “significant momentum” toward a Cano trade with the Mets and Mariners. It’s unclear how much of the $120 million remaining on Cano’s salary that New York would have to eat, but Seattle is apparently willing to move stud closer Edwin Diaz as part of the deal.

Passan went on to note that Cano would have to waive his no-trade clause for any deal to be completed, but he is expected to be willing to do that. From the way it sounds, the trade is close to being completed.

It was initially believed that the Mariners had no chance of trading Cano, as he is 36 and will make $24 million per season through 2023. He was also suspended 80 games last year for PED use, but he hit .303 with 10 homers and 50 RBI in just 80 games and proved he can still be productive at the plate.

Of course, Seattle’s willingness to include Diaz is the biggest factor. The 24-year-old recorded 57 saves last season and posted a 1.96 ERA, and he’s under team control for four more seasons.

The Mariners have reportedly discussed a Cano trade with at least one other team, but the Mets seem like the most likely suitor.

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