Meet the Mets
Late last night, the Mets and Mariners finalized their long-rumored blockbuster trade. All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano and elite young closer Edwin Diaz are heading to Queens in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, first-round picks Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic, and reliever Gerson Bautista. The Mariners will also be sending $20 million to the Mets in the deal.
Joel Sherman discusses the risk of taking on a player coming off an 80-game suspension owed big money.
But the big prize in assuming those risks of course, is also acquiring star closer Edwin Diaz, who is younger and better than any free agent reliever available by a significant margin. The Mariners went 61-0 in games in which Diaz came in for a save last season.
However, Howard Megdal is critical of the trade, arguing that this is a typical Wilpon move made in place of spending big money on Manny Machado or Bryce Harper.
But, the Mets aren’t done yet. Mike Puma looks at the plan for the rest of the offseason.
With Yan Gomes having been traded to the Nationals, Yasmani Grandal might be back in play for the Mets. In contrast, the Mets do not appear to be interested in Wilson Ramos—the other notable free agent catcher available—citing concerns about his defense.
Around the National League East
With four teams approaching the offseason looking to compete next year, the NL East is baseball’s most interesting division, writes Joel Sherman.
The Nationals continue to pursue an Anthony Rendon extension.
Around Major League Baseball
George H.W. Bush passed away on Friday at the age of 94. Richard Justice writes about how important baseball was for the former president.
Bill Madden reviews and explains his choices for the Hall of Fame. Placido Polanco is among them.
The Royals have no plans to trade catcher Salvador Perez, according to Rustin Dodd of The Athletic. They are willing to listen to offers on second baseman Whit Merrifield, but are unlikely to deal him either.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Yesterday’s trade was a win now move. It’s time for the Mets to go for it, writes Nathan Gismot.
This Date in Mets History
Yesterday the Mets acquired a big name second baseman, but historically this day in Mets history has been all about the hot corner.