Well folks, the rumors aren’t so funny anymore (unless you’re a fan of the Mets, in which you’re already numb enough to the pain of existence and didn’t feel anything in the first place). Robinson Canó has officially waived his no-trade cause, as reported by Jon Morosi of MLB. The deal is pending and Canó will undergo a full medical review, which is funny because this is the Mets, who will literally sign a vending machine that’s been out of order for six months.
Edwin Díaz will be the second Mariner accompanying Canó on his cross-country journey. The 24-year old etched out a 1.96 ERA last season, complete with 57 saves and 124 strikeouts. The pair will also his Queens with a check for $20M.
Headed to Seattle in the deal, reports Jon Heyman of Fancred, is Jay Bruce, Gerson Bautista, Jarred Kelenic, Anthony Swarzak, Justin Dunn, as well as Mr. Met (just kidding but also this is a long winter so let’s not rule that out yet). Two first round picks and a top prospect? Wasn’t that a Tom Selleck movie?
Kelenic was the Mets first round pick of this year’s draft. The 19-year old has a strong arm and slashed .286/.371/.468 in the Rookie League this year. He is ranked 62nd in MLB Pipeline’s top-100 prospects.
Dunn is the Mets other first round pick, being selected in 2016. Earning a 3.59 ERA between AA and A+ last season, striking out 156 batters. His fastball and slider are well at major league grade, but the young righty could stand to add a decent changeup to his rotation. The 23-year old Dunn is number 89 on the Pipeline.
Bautista is a pitcher from the Dominican and was absolutely rocked last season with the cup of coffee he spent with the Mets. A 12.46 over 4.1 innings pitched (in five games, mind you), his performance wasn’t quite one to write Scott Boras about. However, if he can refine his slider a little more and get control of his fastball, he’s got more than enough velocity and power to end up back in the show.
The Mets farm system perfectly sums up the Mets in general: some really good strongholds that are overshadowed by the abundance of mediocrity. Shedding two of their best up-and-coming players feels like a really reckless move. But regardless of being 36, Canó’s slash line last season read .303/.374/.471 in 348 plate appearances, complete with 10 home runs. Plus, shedding the overpriced salary of Jay I’m-Good-Everywhere-But-Queens Bruce will certainly help their bank account.
TL;DR: The devil works hard but Jerry Dipoto works harder and hurts more souls.