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.
The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.
Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.
The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.
In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.