Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that there is “significant momentum” toward a deal that would send Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Mariners to the Mets. Other reporters are saying there is no deal in place yet and that it’s not to the point where anyone has asked Cano to waive his no-trade clause, but everyone agrees the sides are working on a deal.
The specifics of that deal seem like they’ll have to be fairly creative and, at the very least, would have to involve the Mets eating a ton if not all of Cano’s salary. Because dumping him for salary relief is one thing, adding one of the best closers in all of baseball to the deal is quite another. What will the Mariners get for that and why would they not get far more for Diaz if they tried to trade him on his own? For that matter, why do they want to trade Diaz anyway? He’s only 24 and isn’t even arbitration-eligible yet.
Worth watching anyway. There’s an increasing amount of smoke coming over the horizon.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.