Blue&White wrote:I agree you need to see the whole thing before you can judge it,
Ok, we can now see the whole thing and judge it. It sucks.
If I woke up this morning and saw that the Mets traded Justin Dunn, Jarred Kelenic and a scrub reliever like Gerson Bautista or Anthony Swarzak (not both) for Edwin Diaz, I'd think that was a good deal. Dunn is a former 1st round pick who was going to start at AAA this year and projects to be a middle of the rotation kind of guy. Kelenic was the 6th overall pick in the draft last year and his ceiling is Bryce Harper. He was drafted out of high school and baseball history is littered with "can't miss" prospects who missed, so who the heck knows. Diaz is 24 years old, there are 3 years of control left on him, and he's the best relieve in the game right now. Trading a future middle of the rotation guy (maybe) and a future superstar (maybe) and a scrub reliever for Diaz is a good deal. Even throwing in a scrub reliever makes it a good deal. Throwing in Swarzak makes it a little tougher to take but, in all honesty, if it was my call I'd probably still do that deal.
The problem is taking on Cano and $100M of salary for 5 years. That was moronic. He is 36 and was suspended for juicing. Jay Bruce is only 31, has 2 years left on that deal is is owed $28,000. His 2018 sucked but he was battling injuries. He's young enough that he may bounce back. And, even if he doesn't, it's 2 years and $28M. Not chump change but better than what they will piss away on Cano as he starts to spiral into a below average player.
Cano was owed a shit-ton of money, had a full no-trade clause and was a sure bet to reject any trade that did not send him either to a contender or to a city he wanted to be in - like New York. That all together seriously limited the market for him. Near as I can tell, there were only 2 teams really in the running: the Yankees and Mets. And, they rejected the Yankees best offer. So, the Mets were holding all the cards here. And, somehow, they still ended up picking up $100M of this moronic contract. If Cano was a free agent he'd be lucky to even get the Bruce contract ($39M/3 years) right now, coming off a PED suspension. If the Mets took on $40M of that contract for 5 years this deal would maybe be ok (although trading Kelenic still makes me not like it). But, eating $100M of this contract is just stupid. They have a rookie 2nd baseman who came up last year who showed he can hit. It was a small sample (250 at bats) but he hits .329. You have to assume there is a drop off, so let's say he hits .280 and knocks in 10 home runs over the course of the year. That's not bad for a middle infielder and you can take that $100M, find $50M more, and go sign Machade to play 3rd (where he doesn't want to play but will for the right amount of money). But, that's off the table because you put all your eggs into the basket that holds a 36 year old PED abuser.
I'm going back to bed.