Robinson Cano bats against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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Report: Mets In Pursuit Of Robinson Cano Trade

November 27, 2018 - 10:26 am
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By WFAN.com

The Mets have real interest in Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, a report Tuesday says.

According to SNY's Andy Martino, a rival executive in touch with the Mets said the team is being "aggressive" in its pursuit of the eight-time All-Star. 

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that the rebuilding Mariners are actively shopping Robinson Cano and have called the Yankees and Mets to gauge their interest.

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While it's unclear what the Mariners might be looking for in return, the Mets are hoping they'll sweeten their offer, reported Martino, who floated the possibility that New York could look to deal outfielder Jay Bruce, who is owed $26 million over the next two years, and acquire young closer Edwin Diaz. 

It's also not clear how much of Cano's contract Seattle might be willing to pay. He is 36 years old, has five years and $120 million remaining on his deal and is coming off a season in which he was suspended 80 games for PEDs. He has a full no-trade clause that he would have to waive.

Playing in 80 games in 2018, Cano batted .303 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs. 

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If Cano remained at second base with the Mets, he would block Jeff McNeil, who batted .329 in 63 games as a rookie last season. If Cano moved to first base, where many observers believe he could be headed in the his career's twilight years, he would block top prospect Peter Alonso. 

As for the Yankees, they reportedly discussed a trade for Cano involving high-priced outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, but those talks never gained traction. Martino, however, reported that the Yankees have not ruled out revisiting the idea.

Cano spent the first nine years of his big-league career with the Yankees and was a member of their 2009 world championship team.