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.
Major League Baseball announced today that Mike Trout and Christian Yelich have been selected as the American League and National League winners of the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards. The Hank Aaron Award, which was established in 1999, recognizes “the most outstanding offensive performers in each league.” A fan vote is part of it. A special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron weighs in as well.
Yellich, who is a back-to-back winner of the Award in the NL, led the Majors with a .671 slugging percentage and a 1.100 OPS, while leading the National League in batting average (.329), WAR (7.3) and OBP (.429). It was his third straight year with at least 100 runs scored and he set career-highs with 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He was the NL Player of the Week twice and stands a good chance of winning the NL MVP Award, though a late season injury will make it a pretty close vote.
Trout, who previously won the award in 2014, led the Majors with a .483 on-base percentage while leading the American League with a .645 slugging percentage and a 1.083 OPS. He was second in the AL with a career-best 45 home runs, was second i WAR (8.3) and, like Yelich, was a two-time Player of the Week winner. He too stands a good chance of wining the MVP though, he too, had a late season injury which could knock him down to second place.