The Seattle Mariners formally accomplished the blockbuster commerce sending former All-Star Robinson Cano and All-Star nearer Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets for outfielder Jay Bruce, reliever Anthony Swarzak, right-hander Gerson Bautista and prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn.
“This commerce bolsters our participant growth system with the additions of Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn, whereas additionally offering speedy influence to our Main League membership in Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and Gerson Bautista,” Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto mentioned in an announcement on Monday. “We view Kelenic as a real 5-tool participant with a really excessive ceiling. Dunn is one other former 1st spherical draft decide, who we predict has a vibrant future on our pitching employees. Bruce and Swarzak each deliver confirmed manufacturing within the discipline and a veteran presence in our clubhouse. Bautista has demonstrated a powerful high-velocity pitch combine.”
The Mariners are additionally sending money to the Mets to offset the cash remaining on Cano’s contract, however they didn’t announce how a lot.
Cano, 36, has 5 years, $120 million remaining on the 10-year, $240 million contract he signed with Seattle in December 2013, when present Mets common supervisor Brodie Van Wagenen served as his agent, together with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.
Cano was suspended for 80 video games final season for violating baseball’s joint drug coverage. He hit .303 with 10 residence runs and 50 RBIs in 80 video games.
An eight-time All-Star at second base who starred for the New York Yankees from 2005 to 2013, Cano reportedly was joyful to return to New York and waived his no-trade clause for the deal to be accomplished.
Diaz, 24, is the prize within the deal. Armed with a 100-mph fastball, he had a 1.96 ERA and led the majors with 57 saves final season — tied with Bobby Thigpen (1990) for the second-most in a single season in baseball historical past, trailing solely Francisco Rodriguez’s 62 in 2008.
Diaz additionally comes to New York cheaply.
He made simply $571,000 in 2018, is not eligible for arbitration till 2020 and won’t be eligible totally free company till after the 2022 season.
Seattle, which completed 89-73 this previous season, has since determined to go into rebuilding mode. The Mariners have already traded ace James Paxton to the New York Yankees, catcher Mike Zunino to the Tampa Bay Rays and reliever Alex Colome to the Chicago White Sox. They’re additionally nearing a deal that will ship All-Star infielder Jean Segura to the Philadelphia Phillies, in accordance to a number of studies.
Dunn, a right-handed pitcher, was a first-rounder in 2016, and outfielder Kelenic was the sixth total decide in 2018. Each gamers tweeted after they have been knowledgeable of the commerce.
— Justin Dunn (@Dunn_Deal19) December three, 2018
What’s up Seattle!? #MarinerNation pic.twitter.com/eelTKQcQQ2
— Jarred Kelenic (@JKelenic_1019) December three, 2018
Dunn, 22, was the Mets’ high pitching prospect. He began 24 video games final season between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, and went Eight-Eight with a three.59 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. A former ace at Boston School, Dunn struck out 156 batters in 135 1/three innings.
Kelenic, 19, hit .286 at rookie league Kingsport and St. Lucie.