On Metsblog today, John Harper speculates about a potential blockbuster trade between the Mets and Mariners. Former Rockies GM turned MLB Network analyst Dan O’Dowd added some fuel to the speculation with a more detailed proposal. Not sure if this is a real possibility or just speculation, but it would certainly make the back pages in New York. Here it is followed by one Mets360 blogger’s opinion.
On the plus side – this would be a really bold move for Brodie Van Waganen and it would shake up our roster. Suddenly we’d have a real center fielder and lead off hitter in the speedy Mallex Smith, a strong closer in the young and controllable Diaz and a legitimate #3 hitter in Cano. Plus, we’d unload the slow-footed and streaky Bruce and his two remaining years of salary, and the man without a position – Dom Smith.
On the downside, we’d be taking on Cano’s massive contract. He’s 36 years old, coming off a PED suspension, and still owed $120 million. The Mets would have to get creative, moving Jeff McNeil to third base and either trading Todd Frazier or using McNeil as a supersub for this coming season. Cano could probably only play second base for another few seasons and would have to shift to first base eventually. This would also involve us trading away two of our best prospects, thinning out our farm system. Another issue is that both Cano and Smith are lefty hitters so the Mets would have the most lopsided lineup in baseball. Also, as if there aren’t enough new questions to deal with, what does this mean for the future of Peter Alonso?
I think the Mariners are an interesting team to talk to as they have a lot of pieces that could fit with the Mets and their GM seems desperate to tear it all down and start over. DiPoto would love nothing more than to move Cano. Perhaps there’s a way we could accommodate him, with a slightly different version of this trade, but this seems awfully complicated. Me personally, I don’t think I could stomach it. Given Cano’s age, contract and recent PED suspension, I’d pass on this version. What does the rest of the Mets360 community think?