Now, the M's could be shifting their focus from the Bronx to Queens.
The Mariners had been speaking to several other teams (the Phillies, Braves and Red Sox among them) about variations of trades that include Cano and Diaz separately and as a package, but shifted course late Thursday and began focusing on the Mets.
There were conflicting reports Thursday about a possible Mets-Mariners trade involving Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz, but it's now becoming clear that talks between the two teams are quite serious and could be close to an end.
The deal isn't done yet, as Passan outlined some of the hurdles that remain in completing the blockbuster, including Cano's no-trade clause and potential physicals.
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Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and The Athletic reports that outfielder Jarred Kelenic and right-hander pitcher Justin Dunn - two prospects that are former first-round picks - are among the compensation the Mets and Mariners have discussed for Cano and Diaz.
The deal could be centered around how much of Cano's contract the Mets are willing to absorb, but they'll likely need to include prospects in the trade, too.
Diaz is considered the main prize of the deal for the Mets as he's coming off a season with a 1.96 ERA and 57 saves at the age of 24. But Cano, despite declining range, is still viewed primarily as a second baseman after moving to the corners late last season, upon returning from an 80-game PED suspension. He struck out 124 in 73 1/3 innings and opposing hitters batted just.160 against him. He hit.303 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs in 80 games. For that matter, why do they want to trade Diaz anyway?
The main reason why the Mariners are making this move is to clear some money from Cano's albatross of a contract, and according to Andy Martino of SNY, roughly $60 million is going to Queens just to get Cano and his very big contract out the door. The Padres, Reds, Brewers and Rockies are among the teams that have shown some level of interest in Syndergaard, who is under club control for the next three seasons.