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Thursday, November 29, 2018

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE FALLOUT: LOTS OF MOVING PARTS TO ROBINSON CANO/EDWIN DIAZ DEAL TO METS

The reports have come quickly and non-stop on Thursday as it appears the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners are getting ready to hit the stretch run in trade talks centering on second baseman Robinson Cano and All-Star closer Edwin Diaz.  Multiple outlets have already reported that the Mets and Mariners are moving closer to a deal and Friday seems to be when something may be announced.  What we do know at this point is that the Mariners will send BOTH Cano and Diaz to the Mets but what is still yet to be figured out is how much money New York will send West to help offset the five years left on Cano's deal and what prospects may also be involved.  Since the initial reports began to circulate that the Mets may be willing to include second baseman 2018 revelation Jeff McNeil who has drawn comparisons to Daniel Murphy. In addition, the Mets may also have to include top hitting prospect Jarred Kelenic which is already sending Twitter ablaze from the team's fans and also pitching farmhand Justin Dunn.  As if this deal was not already all-encompassing, the Mets are insisting that the Mariners take back Jay Bruce and the two years left on his deal to help offset some of the Cano money and that outfielder Mallex Smith may also be included in a deal.  Got all that?  This is truly a monstrous deal and one that can shape both teams' current and immediate futures.  As far as Cano is concerned, we all know he is coming off a PED suspension but he hit .300 when he returned to the team.  At the age of 36 though, Cano's power declined a bit last year and his ability to hit .300 again coming off the juice is certainly up for debate.  Diaz meanwhile is the most dominant closer in the game and should be the top stopper off the board for 2019 fantasy baseball drafts no matter which team he is with.  Stay tuned on this deal as it keeps changing by the minute. 


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