By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Seattle Mariners have traded second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz to the New York Mets on Saturday night. The Mariners are also sending $20 million to the Flushing, New York-based team.
Seattle is receiving outfielder Jay Bruce and pitcher Anthony Swarzak. They are also deciding outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic and pitching prospects Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista.
Canó returns to New York with this move. He previously played for the Yankees before going to the Great Northwest..
It also reunited Canó with new Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who was previously a sports agent. He is also the individual, who negotiated Canó massive 10-year, $240 million deal with the Mariners in 2013.
Now, the Mets will be responsible for paying the rest of his contract. He has five-years left on his contract.
Canó is still owed $120 million.
The 36-year-old San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic native was hit with an 80-game PED suspension in May. Yet, he had a .303 batting average with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs in 80 games.
The 24-year-old Naguabo, Puerto Rico native spent the last three seasons with the Mariners. Díaz was 0-4 with a 1.96 ERA this season. He also had a career-high 57 saves and 65 games finished in 73 1/3 innings. He also allowed 17 runs (16 runs) including five home runs. He struck out 124 batters and walked 17.
In his career, he is 4-14 with a 2.64 ERA, including 109 saves and 140 games finished. He has a 109 saves in 191 innings, while allowing 61 runs (56 earned runs), including 20 home runs. He struck out 301 batters and walked 64.
The 31-year-old Beaumont, Texas native will be joining his fourth MLB team. Besides the Mets, he has played for the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians.
Bruce appeared in 247 games with the Mets. He had a .237 batting average with 46 home runs and 131 RBIs in 894 at-bats.
In his 11-year career, he has a .247 batting average with 286 home runs and 875 RBIs in 5,524 at-bats.
The 33-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Florida native will be playing for his seventh MLB team. Besides the Mets, he has played for the Minnesota Twins, Indians, Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, and the Chicago White Sox.
Swarzak was 0-2 in his lone season in Flushing. He had four saves and 12 games finished with a 6.15 ERA. He also allowed 18 runs (18 earned runs), including six home runs in 26 1/3 innings. He struck out 31 batters and walked 14.
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