By Gary J. Monches
The New York Mets have made some very important moves following another disappointing season. In a season in which they lost 85 games, the fans are getting very impatient. Point blank, the fans want a winner. As recent as 2015, they were a World Series team. And in the following year, they lost to the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card game. So this off-season, changes were needed. They replaced General Manager Sandy Alderson, who is currently fighting cancer. The hire, Brodie van Wagenan. The sports agent turned GM is in a position that calls for a very important off-season for him and the organization. The pressure on him is real. His first major move could be a very familiar one. Enter, Robinson Cano.
Robinson Cano could thank Van Wagenen for that 10 year 240 million dollar deal he signed with the Mariners. Brodie Van Wagenen was his agent when he signed the contract. The 36 year old second baseman is coming off of a season that saw him get suspended 80 games for PED use. He was effective in his shortened season. In 80 games, he hit .303 with 10 HR and 50 RBI. Half of the season numbers would translate to a .303 20 HR and 100 RBI full season. The Mets’ best offensive hitter with these three statistics was Michael Conforto. He hit just .243 but mashed 28 HR and 82 RBI. The next best offensive numbers last season for the Mets was by Todd Frazier who played in just 115 games due a DL stint, which was the first of his career. He hit just .203 with 18 HR and 59 RBI. Translation, the Mets need a strong offensive bat.
But what would trading for Cano cost the Mets? And is it worth the price to acquire him? Reports indicate that the Mariners are trying to link star closer Edwin Diaz with Cano in a trade.
They want to shed some payroll and it might cost them just a little bit more than just Cano to get that done. And it’s no secret that the Mets desperately need bullpen help. So a trade for Cano and Diaz could take care of those two needs in a huge way. So here’s a potential deal that could help both teams strengthen their teams for this year and those to follow.
Trade Package between the Mets and Mariners:
Mets Recieve: Robinson Cano (And 10 million dollars annually), Mallex Smith and Edwin Diaz.
Mariners Receive: Jay Bruce ( To offset Cano’s 14 million of the 24 million owed to him), Juan Lagares, Jarred Kelenic ( #3 Mets Prospect at OF), Anthony Kay ( #9 Mets Prospect as LHP) and Travis dArnaud.
This trade would not only give the Mets some flexibility by not taking on the full 24 million of Cano’s deal and gets rid of Bruce’s deal. Bad deal for bad deal. Lagares is owed 9 million this season that would most likely have to be taken on by Jerry Dipoto and the Mariners. The Mets have the outfield pretty much locked up with Nimmo and Conforto out there. The Mariners could look to sweeten the deal by adding Mallex Smith back in return too. An outfield that boasts Conforto in left, Smith in center and Nimmo in right could be an exciting one to watch. Lagares could play center for Seattle, while Smith would man center in Flushing. Kelenic and Kay are both top 10 Mets propects that are young and can help the Mariners now or in the near future. And the Mets are more than likely going to sign or trade for a starting catcher as the d’Arnaud experience is most likely done. The Mariners just traded away Mike Zunino to the Rays, so there’s a spot for Travis to fight for once he returns from Tommy John surgery.
This could work for both teams. The Mets think they can contend in 2019, while the Mariners are in a “re-imaging” of their organization according to their GM Jerry Dipoto. So this kind of trade can help both sides in a major way. So I ask once again. Do the Mets really need the 36 year old Cano? If it gets you Edwin Diaz, the 24 year old breakout star closer and a speedy CF like Mallex Smith? Then you bet Cano is needed.