New GM Brodie Van Wagenen wasted no time to make a big splash in his new position. He acquired Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Mariners in return for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, and prospects Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, and Gerson Bautista. $20 million dollars was also included in the deal and so far the reaction seems mixed to this deal.
- The Mets are nearing relevance with the trade and are one of the most compelling teams in the league as a result, writes Jonah Keri.
- For the New York Times, Tyler Kepner believes this was a bold move focused on winning now.
- Joel Sherman of the Post thinks the Mets are taking a big risk on Cano especially after his PED suspension.
- Robinson Cano may be 36, but he “is the rare big-name, over-30 free agent who avoided a free fall,” says Ben Lindbergh.
- As for Cano himself, he is very excited to be back in New York.
- His new manager is also happy to have both Cano and Diaz on the team.
- On the other side of the coin, Jay Bruce thinks the Mets did get better with this move and he was satisfied with how the trade went down.
- Mike Puma writes for the Post that the prospects that were included in the deal were a steep price to pay to acquire the two All Stars.
- Over at ESPN Buster Olney does not believe the Mets should have paid that price (paywall alert).
- David Lennon of Newsday however, thinks this is a win for both Van Wagenen and the Mets, who finally followed through on a big move.
- Katherine Acquavella gives the Mets a B- for this move over at CBS Sports.
- Lookout Landing will miss the fire Edwin Diaz brings to every game he closed.
- Matt Ehalt thinks more moves are needed to follow up this aggressive trade.
- Meanwhile on FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan writes that the Mets and Mariners are two teams that are headed in opposite directions.
- And last but not least, if you’d like to get excited about Diaz, these tweets have you covered:
Fans of the New York Mets:— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) December 3, 2018
You are just going to adore Edwin Diaz. His fastball/slider combination is stupid, and his command just keeps getting better. I will miss getting texts from Grandma saying "HE DID IT AGAIN!" after he pitched well.
New @Mets closer Edwin Díaz had the 2nd most strikeouts for a reliever last season... Here's a breakdown of them all pic.twitter.com/lc0syx1zps— Daren Willman (@darenw) December 3, 2018