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Mets’ trade talks with Mariners for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz ‘reaching critical stage’

The teams are still talking about a potential deal.

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The Mets’ trade talks with the Mariners are “reaching [a] critical stage,” per a report from Ken Rosenthal. A deal that would potentially bring Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets has been getting a ton of attention over the course of the day as the sides have discussed a potential deal, beginning this morning when a report from Jeff Passan emerged that there was “significant momentum” toward an agreement.

Rosenthal says that the Mets’ offer includes some, but not all, of the following players: Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jeff McNeil, and prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn.

And here are a few other notes on the trade talks:

  • Andy Martino mentioned the possibility that Jason Vargas could be included in the deal as the Mets look to shed bad contracts.
  • Martino also says a deal isn’t likely to be completed tonight. Anthony DiComo tweeted the same but noted things can change quickly.
  • Jon Heyman notes that the Yankees are not in the Cano mix at this point.

Cano, who just turned 36 in October, hit .303/.374/.471 with 10 home runs and a 136 wRC+ in 2018, a season that included a broken hand suffered by a hit-by-pitch and a suspension for a PED violation. Diaz was one of the best relief pitchers in baseball with a 1.96 ERA and 1.61 FIP in 73.1 innings this year, and he struck out 15.22 batters per nine while walking just 2.09.