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Report: Mets, Mariners close on trade involving Robinson Canó, Edwin Díaz

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Update: Per Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets have begun informing players they’re involved in the trade if it gets to the finish line. Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak would be in the deal. As would, presumably, two or three prospects.

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Earlier, Craig wrote about the “significant momentum” building between the Mets and Mariners for a trade involving second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz. That deal is now “close,” according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and could be announced on Friday.

Canó, 36, is under contract for the next five years at $24 million each year for a total of $120 million, and he has full no-trade protection which he would need to waive to facilitate a trade with the Mets. The Mariners will likely have to cover a significant portion of Canó’s remaining salary as well as take on a heavy contract or two, such as outfielder Jay Bruce (two years and $26 million remaining). Some of the Mets’ top prospects that have been floated as having piqued the Mariners’ interest include outfielder Jarred Kelenic and pitcher Justin Dunn. Infielder Jeff McNeil, who finished sixth in NL Rookie of the Year voting this past season, has also been mentioned.

Canó hit .303/.374/.471 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI in 348 plate appearances in 2018. He missed time between May 14 and August 13 serving an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Díaz, 24, was arguably baseball’s best closer, leading with 57 saves. He also posted a 1.96 ERA with 124 strikeouts and 17 walks in 73 1/3 innings.

Both Canó and Díaz would represent huge upgrades for the Mets, who have a new GM in Brodie Van Wagenen. Notably, Van Wagenen was Canó’s agent before taking the job with the Mets.

Meanwhile, the Mariners seem eager to head into a rebuilding mode despite finishing 89-73. They finished 14 games out of first place and eight games out of second place in the AL West. The club already traded top-tier starter James Paxton to the Yankees and Mike Zunino to the Rays. Once Canó and Díaz have new homes, shortstop Jean Segura and outfielder Mitch Haniger could be next to go.

The Buffalo Blue Jays? The team has reportedly asked about playing there

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The Buffalo Blue Jays? Is that a thing? Maybe.

The Toronto Blue Jays are, officially, set to begin their season at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 29. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, however, reports that they are looking at alternatives:

Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer.

This report of a potential for the Buffalo Blue Jays to make their debut comes a couple of days after the strict restrictions on movement for Jays players — they are reportedly required to stick to the Rogers Centre and the connecting hotel or face harsh punishment — met with at least some backlash. The restrictions are inevitable, however, given that Canada is requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling into the country. Since the Jays will be playing all road games in the United States, there is little choice for them but to be restricted to their hotel and the ballpark after arriving back in the country after playing games in the states.

As Harrington notes, Buffalo is not an ideal option given the less-than-major-league-level lighting and clubhouse space present in the Triple-A park, so it would not be ideal. Like everyone else these days, however, the Buffalo Blue Jays — er, I’m sorry, the Toronto Blue Jays — have little choice but to scramble.