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Earlier today, we reported that the Mets and Mariners were both "aggressive" in Robinson Cano trade talks. Since then, we've been able to gather more specifics about the structure of a potential deal.
Per major league sources, here are the basic parameters of what the teams are discussing: Cano would go to the Mets, and Seattle would pay approximately $10 million annually of the $120 million owed to Cano over the next five years. That would take Cano's annual salary down to about $14 million.
The Mets are also trying to get Seattle to take on a burdensome contract like Jay Bruce's, and obtain a player like Edwin Diaz or Mitch Haniger.
If this all seems too good to be true for the Mets, it might be. It all depends on how desperate Seattle is to move Cano.
But rival officials see the Mariners in a tough spot, needing to move Cano and finding few trade partners. The Mets are interested, and Cano, who holds a no-trade clause, was once represented by none other than Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen. It was Van Wagenen and Jay-Z who helped make Cano a very rich man.
If the Mets acquire Cano, they could play him at second this year, move Jeff McNeil to third, and see if Peter Alonso can handle first base. If Cano needs to move to first in a few years, the team could worry about that later.