As part of management’s rebuilding efforts, the Seattle Mariners have pulled off a blockbuster trade, sending second baseman Robinson Cano and star closer Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets, according to multiple reports.
Outfielder Jay Bruce, right-handed pitcher Anthony Swarzak and a package of prospects are reportedly heading back to Seattle in the deal.
Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan provided an estimated financial breakdown of the trade. It’s worth noting the whopping amount of salary New York is taking back as part of the deal.
After returning from an 80-game PED suspension, Cano hit .303 while cranking 10 home runs and driving in 50 RBIs last season. As for Diaz, he was the most effective closer in baseball by a long shot converting 57 saves, the second-highest total in MLB history.
The 31-year-old Bruce struggled with the Mets in 2018, producing an underwhelming .223 average along with nine home runs. It was the first time in Bruce’s 11-year major league career he failed to reach double-digit home runs in a season.