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.
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.