The New York Mets and Seattle Mariners have apparently settled on the framework of the deal in terms of players, with Cano and Diaz headed east in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Gerson Bautista, Justin Dunn, and Jarred Kelenic.
The deal isn't done yet, as Passan outlined some of the hurdles that remain in completing the blockbuster, including Cano's no-trade clause and potential physicals.
Cano has a no-trade clause but most think he would waive it to return to NY, where he starred for the Yankees from 2005 to 2013.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that there has been "significant momentum" toward a Cano trade with the Mets and Mariners. Everyone knows that the Mets expect to be paid down for taking on Cano's contract, but that could be complicated by the fact the Mets are sending two bad deals of their own back to Seattle.More news: Israeli police recommend indicting PM for bribery
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Diaz, 24, is coming off a 2018 campaign where he posted 57 saves and an earned run average of 1.96.
Fancred's Jon Heyman has gathered similar information, adding even more fuel to the rumors that Diaz and Cano could play for the Mets in 2019. The hard-throwing right-hander totaled 124 strikeouts over 73 1/3 innings (15.2 K/9) and finished eighth in American League Cy Young voting.
It also appears the Mets are not overly concerned about the 80-game suspension Cano served in 2018 for performance-enhancing drugs. He hit.303 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs in 80 games.
One could argue Diaz is the best closer in baseball. If the Mariners were giving the Mets $60 million of Cano's deal and assuming both contracts in full, they would be paying the Mets $96.5 million and giving them Diaz for Kelenic and Dunn. Or do they trade him along with Cano as a way to get rid of most, if not all, of the second baseman's contract? As of Thursday morning, the Mariners had not yet approached Cano about waiving his no-trade clause, but it is believed that the 36-year-old, eight-time All-Star would if asked.