But what's surprising is the idea of the Mets potentially taking on the five years and $120 million left on Cano's contract.
Diaz, 24, had a 1.96 ERA and an MLB-leading 57 saves last season.
Nelson Cruz #23 of the Seattle Mariners and Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate a three-run home run off of starting pitcher Seth Lugo #67 of the New York Mets that also scored Cano and Jean Segura #2, second from right, of the Seattle Mariners, Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of an interleague game at Safeco Field on July 30, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Diaz won't be eligible for free agency for another four years, only bolstering his value.
As for what the Mets would give up in the trade, reports have mentioned veteran outfielder Jay Bruce as the main piece, mostly due to how the remaining $26 million on his contract would offset some of what Cano would be owed. If the money makes Cano essentially cost neutral next season, the team's payroll has stayed the same while swapping Bruce and Swarzak for Cano and Diaz, a massive upgrade in talent. Cano is expected to waive his no-trade clause in the event that either NY team agrees to trade for him. As of Thursday evening, Cano had not been asked to waive his no-trade, according to sources.
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Cano, 36, was suspended for 80 games last season for PEDs. The second baseman still managed to hit.303 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs over 80 games in 2018, his fifth season in Seattle and 14th in the Major League Baseball.
On a separate front, the Mets have continued trade talks involving Noah Syndergaard, according to sources, but are struggling to pinpoint a deal that would return players capable of helping the team win next season.
Cano, an eight-time All-Star at second base, signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners in December 2013 - when current Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen served as Cano's agent, along with Jay-Z's Roc Nation. This deal should be the first step of what will undoubtedly be a very busy winter for the Mets, who may look drastically different on Opening Day than they did for the past few years. Herrera was traded from the Mets to the Reds in a deal for Bruce in 2016.