It’s winding up more obvious every day that the Mariners intend to exchange Robinson Cano this winter. Indeed, a source proposed Wednesday that it would amaze on the off chance that it wasn’t done before the finish of the Winter Meetings.
Exchanging Cano is more convoluted than just consenting to a player swap. With $120 million remaining on his agreement throughout the following five years, Cano’s skilled bat comes at a heavy cost. The 36-year-old is likewise falling off a season amid which he served a 80-diversion suspension because of execution improving medications, however he performed well in the wake of returning, hitting .317/.363/.497 out of 41 amusements.
Seattle will probably need to eat a segment of Cano’s compensation and potentially reclaim a difficult (yet soon-to-terminate) contract to influence an arrangement to occur. What’s more, if Mariners general supervisor Jerry Dipoto needs any world class genuine prospects consequently, he may even need to square away a portion of Cano’s compensation and incorporate one of his three most alluring resources: Edwin Diaz, Mitch Haniger or Marco Gonzales.
Cano likewise holds a full no-exchange provision, so the Mariners will require his endorsement to make any arrangement. A source said that as of Tuesday night, the group still couldn’t seem to contact Cano to ask which groups he may will affirm, so Seattle seems, by all accounts, to be in a similar spot Miami was in a year prior with Giancarlo Stanton. Keep in mind, the Marlins had bargains worked out with both the Cardinals and Giants before Stanton vetoed them.
Where may Cano twist up? The individuals who realize him trust he would endorse an arrangement to either New York group, however it is hazy which different clubs would be agreeable for the eight-time All-Star. Here’s a gander at five potential landing spots and what it may take to complete an arrangement:
The Mets and Mariners have effectively had exchanges, so this one could have a few legs. To complete an arrangement, the Mariners would probably need to incorporate either Haniger or Diaz, as the Mets aren’t the sort of club to just interpretation of a substantial contract and as of now have a promising youthful player at a respectable halfway point in Jeff McNeil. It stays to be seen whether Dipoto is sufficiently urgent to shed Cano’s agreement to include one of them into an exchange, however with “Broker Jerry,” you can never say never.
Seattle figures to need shortstop and Mets top prospect Andres Gimenez if they somehow managed to incorporate Diaz, however the Mariners would likewise likely need to reclaim Jay Bruce, who is owed $28 million throughout the following two years. Jason Vargas ($8 million of every 2019, $8 million alternative/$2 million buyout in 2020) as well as Anthony Swarzak ($8.5 million of every 2019) could likewise be worked into the arrangement to help settle a portion of Cano’s compensation.
An arrival to the Bronx would almost certainly be Cano’s fantasy goal – and one for which he would happily defer his no-exchange. The Yankees are relied upon to be players for both Patrick Corbin and Manny Machado, so it’s hazy the amount of Cano’s agreement GM Brian Cashman would assimilate to bring back his second baseman. Cano could play a respectable halfway point with Gleyber Torres moving to shortstop, or maybe Cano could part time between a respectable starting point and DH. It’s significant that the Yankees exchanged center infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Cubs on Wednesday.
Seattle would need to eat a vast part of Cano’s compensation, however swapping outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (owed about $42 million through 2020, in addition to a $5 million buyout of his 2021 alternative) to Seattle would basically level out the cash for the following two years. Sonny Gray could likewise be a piece of an arrangement, as the Mariners were purportedly intrigued by the right-hander amid the James Paxton talks. The Yankees have a sufficiently profound homestead framework to influence an arrangement to occur.
While most task Scott Kingery as a second baseman and Rhys Hoskins as a first baseman, the expansion of Cano would require leaving the previous at shortstop or the last in left field. We’ve heard such a great amount about the Phillies’ capacity to sign both Bryce Harper and Machado, so we realize Philadelphia has a lot of finance adaptability. Philadelphia has allegedly asked about Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, so plainly there’s a craving on the club’s part to include offense this offseason, making the Phillies a dull steed for Cano.
In any case, the Mariners would surely need to get a decent piece of the $120 million owed to Cano throughout the following five seasons. Seattle could reclaim Carlos Santana, who will win more than $41 million throughout the following two years. That would give the Mariners a strong bat back in their endeavors to stay aggressive while opening up a respectable starting point for Hoskins in Philly. Tommy Hunter, who is owed $9 million out of 2019, could likewise be incorporated.
Colorado has a gap at a respectable halfway point with DJ LeMahieu likely headed somewhere else as a free operator, so position-wise, this appears to be a solid match. Monetarily, the Rockies have just a single player under contract for enormous cash past 2020: Charlie Blackmon, who is owed $84 million throughout the following four seasons, in addition to a $10 million player choice for 2023. Obviously, there will be the issue of re-marking Nolan Arenado after 2019, however that is no conviction. Cano could likewise move to initially base, offering the Rockies some adaptability.
Ian Desmond, who is owed $38 million throughout the following three years, could be sent to Seattle to help balance the agreements, however Desmond’s agreement stipulates that he will get a full no-exchange provision if he’s exchanged by the Rockies, so Dipoto may delay to take him back. Maybe Bryan Shaw, who is owed an ensured $17.5 million throughout the following two years (in addition to a $2 million buyout for his $9 million choice in 2021), could likewise be worked into an arrangement.
On the off chance that Harper doesn’t come back to Washington, the Nationals should discover offense to supplant the previous National League MVP. With a gap at a respectable halfway point and their best two position-player prospects (Carter Kieboom and Luis Garcia) both playing on the left half of the infield, Cano apparently fits the lineup.
In contrast to alternate groups on this rundown, the Nationals don’t have any undeniable contracts they would need to send back to Seattle to help counterbalance Cano’s agreement. Ryan Zimmerman has one year and $18 million remaining on his arrangement, however he additionally holds 10-5 rights and would need to endorse an exchange. Howie Kendrick and his $4 million pay would almost certainly be a piece of an arrangement, as could Michael A. Taylor, who likely will get a bring up in assertion subsequent to making $2.5 million out of 2018. The Mariners would need to incorporate a powerful bit of the $120 million owed to Cano in the event that they needed to perceive any prospects of note returning an exchange