SEATTLE —The speculation can end. The last aspect of the trade framework has been agreed upon. It’s now just waiting for the medical staff from both teams to approve the reports of the players involved and Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred to approve the financial aspect.
At some point Monday, it will become official. The Seattle Mariners will trade Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets for a collection of five players —outfielder Jay Bruce and right-handed reliever Anthony Swarzak and three prospects: outfielder Jarred Kelenic and right-handed pitchers Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista.
Multiple reports that were later confirmed by MLB sources said the Mariners will send $20 million to the Mets as part of the package to help offset some of the $120 million owed to Cano over the next five seasons
Much of this trade is about money, specifically what is left on Cano’s massive contract.
It’s why Bruce, who is owed $28 million, and Swarzak, who is owed $8.5 million, are included in this deal to provide salary offset to Cano. So, essentially, if you figure in their contracts to the money being sent, the Mariners are assuming $56.5 million in salary, which is just under half of what Cano is still owed on his 10-year, $240 million contract.