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May 23, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a single to Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
May 23, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a single to Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Matt Harvey, Angels

Harvey took the mound for the Angels on Saturday for the first time in seven weeks after being sidelined with an upper back strain. The right-hander turned in a strong performance, going 5.2 innings and allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three against the Mariners. The run did not come until a sac fly in the sixth, opening the game with five scoreless frames. 

 

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Pete Alonso hit the 30 HR mark but former Met Jay Bruce belted a pair of homers as the Phillies stomped the Mets, 8-3

A slow start from Zack Wheeler and a strong outing from Aaron Nola gave the Phillies an 8-3 win over the Mets. >> Box score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) Wheeler got off to a rough start for the Mets on the bump. Scott Kingery singled and moved to third on a single from Bryce Harper. Rhys Hopkins then knocked a double, scoring Kingery. J.T. Realmuto sent a second-straight double for the Phillies, scoring both Harper and Hopkins. That initiated a mound visit, which didn't help at first as Jay Bruce then scored Realmuto with a line drive single. Wheeler eventually stopped the bleeding, but not before four Phillies crossed the plate. In total, Wheeler went five innings, allowing eight hits and six runs with seven strikeouts.

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Amed Rosario (Gregory Fisher)
Amed Rosario (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets considered having prized shortstop Amed Rosario get work in center field last summer. 

However, despite the need in center field last season, Rosario did zero work in the outfield. And he didn't see any work there this Spring Training either. 

But here we are again, with manager Mickey Callaway saying earlier this week that the team is again considering Rosario in the outfield.

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Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Jay Bruce (23) hits a double during the second inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Jay Bruce (23) hits a double during the second inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The trade for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano continues to look like one the Mets may regret. While Diaz blew yet another save this week, Kelenic was selected to the All-Star Futures Game as he continues to prove he is one of the promising young prospects in baseball. 

Kelenic struggled this week, though. He is just 2 for his last 24 with nine strikeouts over his last seven games and is hitting just .217/.269/.400 with two home runs and nine RBI since being promoted to High-A ball after dominating Low-A ball with a .309 average and 11 home runs in 50 games. 

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May 23, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a single to Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
May 23, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a single to Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

As Edwin Diaz continues to falter in high-leverage situations, the trade that brought himself and Robinson Canó to Flushing draws increased ire. Kelenic was one of the main prospects included in the deal and got out to a scalding start with Class A West Virginia. 

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Jun 5, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Jay Bruce (middle) talks with hitting coach John Mallee (8) during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Jun 5, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Jay Bruce (middle) talks with hitting coach John Mallee (8) during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

Kelenic's promotion to High-A has been met with success through a small sample size (seven games). The 19-year-old is batting .375/.423/.667 with two homers and five RBI. He's also stolen a base in three consecutive contests. 

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Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)
Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)

The Mets better be ready to see plenty of Jay Bruce in the future. 

Bruce is returning to the NL East, as the Mariners and Phillies agreed on a trade Sunday that will bring him to Philadelphia. The deal reportedly involves plenty of money being exchanged, which is why neither team has formally announced the deal, but Bruce said farewell to his Seattle teammates and is expected to join the Phillies in San Diego on Monday. 

New York acquired Bruce at the trade deadline in 2016 with the goal of him deepening the lineup for a team that reached the Wild Card Game. Bruce didn't see immediate result with the Mets that season, but enjoyed a strong 2017 before the Mets dealt him to Cleveland that August for right-hander Ryder Ryan, who has yet to make the Majors. 

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Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic in the dugout during batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic in the dugout during batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The Mariners, who acquired Kelenic this offseason in the deal that sent Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to New York, promoted him to High-A Modesto on Tuesday after he batted .309 with a .981 OPS in Class A ball. He made his presence known right away by homering in his California League debut and is 4-for-13 in his first three games at the new level. 

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Aug 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jay Bruce appears to be nearing a return to the NL East.

First reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Seattle Mariners are closing in on a deal that would send Bruce to the Philadelphia Phillies. Passan originally reported that a deal could be finalized in the next 24 hours. USA Today's Bob Nightengale followed up on the report saying the deal was "close to the finish line."

The 32-year-old veteran was traded to Seattle by the Mets as part of the package that brought Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to New York. Bruce is hitting just .212 this season for Seattle, but he's put up solid power numbers, belting 14 home runs in 47 games. 

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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

Kelenic has somewhat cooled off from his scorching start, but he's once again found his power stroke over the course of the last week. The 19-year-old, who was one of the key pieces in the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz swap from the offseason, is hitting .301/.394/.545 with eight homers and 24 RBI on the season. The Mets' top pick from a year ago legged out a pair of triples this week, and he's also drawn six walks in his last six games for Class A West Virginia. 

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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The 19-year-old Kelenic, the prized prospect the Mets included in the Diaz/Cano deal, has cooled off over the last two weeks as his triple slash has dropped from a ridiculously good .340/.441/.630 to a still-impressive .314/.397/.529.

In 39 games this season for Seattle's Low-A affiliate, Kelenic has six homers, 13 doubles, one triple, and seven stolen bases. 

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Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)
Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The 19-year-old Kelenic, the prized prospect the Mets included in the Diaz/Cano deal, has cooled off a bit over the last week as his triple slash has dropped from a ridiculously good .340/.441/.630 to .326/.416/.581.

In 33 games this season for Seattle's Low-A affiliate, Kelenic has six homers, 13 doubles, one triple, and six stolen bases. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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May 6, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack (59) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 6, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack (59) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Mets (16-19, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) were shut out by the Padres as they lost their fourth-straight game and fell three games under .500 for the first time this season. They continue their three-game series with the Padres in San Diego on Monday night at 10:10 on SNY.

Here's what went down on Monday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets' loss to the Padres, Chris Paddack -- who openly challenged Pete Alonso before the game -- dominated New York for 7.2 innings as he stalked and screamed around the mound >> Read more

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Jay Bruce reflects on his experience playing for the Mets

The Mets traded for Jay Bruce at the 2016 trade deadline, dealt him at the 2017 deadline, signed him in January 2018 and traded him again last December.

In his words, "I wish it could have gone better, I really do."

Bruce, returning to New York as a member of the Mariners, who face the Yankees on Monday, opened up about his bumpy two and a half years with the Mets, which saw a 2016 playoff run, an underwhelming 2017 season and an injury-plagued 2018 campaign.

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Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The 19-year-old Kelenic, the prized prospect the Mets included in the Diaz/Cano deal, is tearing the cover off the ball for Low-A West Virginia -- where he recently hit four homers in four games. 

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Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Wilmer Flores, Diamondbacks

The former fan favorite hasn't been playing much more than if he were still on the Mets, as he's still operating in a bench role primarily. He's batting .219 and lacking significant pop -- he has four doubles and no homers, while driving in just five runs during the first month of the season. 

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Apr 11, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Miami Marlins left fielder Curtis Granderson (21) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Apr 11, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Miami Marlins left fielder Curtis Granderson (21) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Wilmer Flores, Diamondbacks

Flores is hitting .236 in 17 games. So far, he has no homers and only one RBI with four doubles with his new team. 

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Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)
Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Wilmer Flores, Diamondbacks

Flores is struggling in Arizona, hitting just .200/.256/.275 with zero homers and three doubles in 40 at-bats over 12 games. He's been slumping especially badly since April 6, with just three hits in 20 at-bats.

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Apr 6, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Wilmer Flores (41) bats against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Apr 6, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Wilmer Flores (41) bats against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Wilmer Flores, Diamondbacks

Most Mets fans miss Wilmer, who the team non-tendered this offseason. So far for the Diamondbacks. Flores is hitting just .227/.292/.318 with no homers in 22 at-bats over six games. 

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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Former Mets outfielder Jay Bruce said he wasn't as surprised at being traded for the third time in the past two and a half years.

"Honestly, it's just another trade now," Bruce said, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma, after he was included in the seven-player blockbuster trade that brought Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to New York. "The third trade doesn't hold quite the shock as the first couple do."

The Mets dealt Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and three prospects -- OF Jarred Kelenic and RHPs Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista -- to the Mariners for Diaz, the 24-year-old All-Star closer and Cano, the veteran second baseman who has five years remaining on his 10-year deal.

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May 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) bumps into third baseman Kyle Seager (15) as they celebrate with relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) after a win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
May 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) bumps into third baseman Kyle Seager (15) as they celebrate with relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) after a win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The trade sending Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano from the Mariners to the Mets for Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, and Gerson Bautista is done, with Cano having passed his physical.

Aside from taking on the contracts of Bruce and Swarzak, the Mariners will send the Mets $20 million as part of the deal, reports Jon Heyman of FanCred. New York will receive $5 million in 2019 and then $3.75 million over the final four years of Cano's contract, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

There is expected to be a press conference at Citi Field on Tuesday at 11 a.m. to announce the deal. 

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Seattle Mariners third baseman Robinson Cano waits between pitches against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Mariners third baseman Robinson Cano waits between pitches against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

Robinson Cano took another step toward becoming a Met, landing at JFK Airport late Sunday night in advance of Monday's physical for the megadeal. And he's happy to return to the Big Apple.

"It's good to be back in New York," Cano told the New York Post after flying in from the Dominican Republic. 

The second baseman is part of a trade, agreed upon Saturday, that would send Cano and closer Edwin Diaz to the Mets in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista to the Mariners, pending physicals and MLB approval. Seattle would reportedly also send $20 million to New York.

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Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterWith pretty much all of the details of the Mets' blockbuster trade with the Mariners now known, let's take a look at how the deal will impact the Mets' payroll in both the short and long-term...

What we know

The Mets will acquire Robinson CanoEdwin Diaz, and $20 million from the Mariners in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, and Gerson Bautista.

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May 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) bumps into third baseman Kyle Seager (15) as they celebrate with relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) after a win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
May 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) bumps into third baseman Kyle Seager (15) as they celebrate with relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) after a win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The trade sending Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano from the Mariners to the Mets for Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, and Gerson Bautista has been agreed to, pending physicals, reports SNY's Andy Martino. 

Aside from taking on the contracts of Bruce and Swarzak, the Mariners will send the Mets $20 million as part of the deal, reports Jon Heyman of FanCred

SNY first reported that the Mets were aggressively pursuing the Mariners' stars. 

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' blockbuster trade that will land them Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Mariners is one of the biggest they'll have ever made -- if it gets finalized.

And while the focus has primarily been on the enormity of Cano and Diaz coming to Flushing with Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, and another lower-tier prospect heading to Seattle, the deal could have an enormous impact on two young players who remain with the Mets: Jeff McNeil and Peter Alonso.

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Too many prospects for Cano? 00:03:12
SNY's DNL crew chats about the status of the Mets trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, and whether they spent too much in prospects.

John Harper, for SNY.tv | Twitter | -- OK, I know that even fans who hadn't heard of Jarred Kelenic until Thursday are now convinced he's the next Ted Williams, and there are plenty of scouts who will swear to that, but let's start with the bright side: 

The Mets are going to be better in 2019 for acquiring Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz in the still-to-be-finalized trade with the Mariners, and maybe a lot better if Brodie Van Wagenen's first-ever deal kicks off a series of off-season moves, as anticipated.

For that matter, you can probably say the same thing about 2020 as well. 

 

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Cano and Diaz, is this the deal? 00:05:17
SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino breaks down the potential parts of the deal that would bring Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Here's what's true about the Mets and Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz trade talks as of Thursday night:

  • Though the deal is not yet official, the trade on the table is Cano/Diaz for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Gerson Bautista and Justin Dunn. The Mets are keeping Jeff McNeil out of the deal as of now. It is unclear how much money, if any, would be exchanged.
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Sep 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Sep 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees met with free agent starter Patrick Corbin in New York on Thursday, but the sides are not close to a deal. There continues to be strong mutual interest between the player and team.

But the Phillies are also aggressively pursuing Corbin, and the Yankees may still like J.A. Happ as an alternative, according to major league sources.

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Seattle Mariners third baseman Robinson Cano waits between pitches against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Mariners third baseman Robinson Cano waits between pitches against the Houston Astros during the third inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are continuing their aggressive trade pursuit of Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz, according to major league sources, and the sides are deep in talks on Thursday.

SNY first reported that the Mets were aggressively pursuing the Mariners' stars. That remains the case. As of late Thursday morning, a deal was not imminent, and a source said Cano had not yet been asked to waive his no-trade clause. 

Sources cautioned against viewing a trade as inevitable. But there is clearly momentum...

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John Harper, for SNY.tv | Twitter | -- Brodie Van Wagenen seems determined to make a big splash to kick off his career as Mets GM, and while you can debate the merits of pursuing Robinson Cano in a trade, such a move would leave no doubt that there's a new sheriff in town.

Under Sandy Alderson the Mets moved slowly and conservatively in making deals, and while that wasn't always a bad thing, this organization is desperately in need of some creativity at the moment.

In short, the Mets have declared themselves a win-now team, but they need more talent to honor such a pledge and they don't have much help coming from the farm system.

 

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Sep 4, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Robinson Cano (22) celebrates after hitting a solo-home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Safeco Field. Baltimore Orioles catcher Austin Wynns (61) is at right. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 4, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Robinson Cano (22) celebrates after hitting a solo-home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Safeco Field. Baltimore Orioles catcher Austin Wynns (61) is at right. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Earlier today, we reported that the Mets and Mariners were both "aggressive" in Robinson Cano trade talks. Since then, we've been able to gather more specifics about the structure of a potential deal.

Per major league sources, here are the basic parameters of what the teams are discussing: Cano would go to the Mets, and Seattle would pay approximately $10 million annually of the $120 million owed to Cano over the next five years. That would take Cano's annual salary down to about $14 million.

The Mets are also trying to get Seattle to take on a burdensome contract like Jay Bruce's, and obtain a player like Edwin Diaz or Mitch Haniger.

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Aug 20, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Aug 20, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Mariners have reached out to the Mets and Yankees about trading 2B Robinson Canoreports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Rosenthal cites a source who says in order for the Mets to consider biting on Cano, the Mariners would need to include significant money in a potential deal and send a top prospect to the Mets. 

According to Rosenthal, the Yanks and Mariners briefly discussed a Cano-Jacoby Ellsbury deal earlier this offseason -- with the Yankees wanting "significant" money included going back to them. But those talks never got serious. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Cano is still productive -- he had an .845 OPS in 2018 and was an above average fielder at second base. But the stain of his PED suspension (and concerns about lingering effects) along with the insane amount of money he's owed, his age, and poor positional fit should prevent Cano from coming to Queens...

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Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) is greeted by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) as he crosses the plate after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) is greeted by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) as he crosses the plate after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

The Mets should be looking to improve their bullpen, as well as add an everyday catcher, at least one impact hitter and depth beneath the entire roster.

Here are the latest headlines and rumblings from each of the above markets, followed by my take on how things may shake out...

MLB may be swapping headaches again

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New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, right, responds to questions during a news conference to announce Brodie Van Wagenen as the Mets' new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, right, responds to questions during a news conference to announce Brodie Van Wagenen as the Mets' new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Van Wagenen Era in Mets history officially started earlier Tuesday afternoon and with roughly two weeks before the GM Meetings and six weeks before the Winter Meetings

During his introductory press conference, Brodie Van Wagenen could not have been more clear about his expectations for 2019.

"The goal is to win right now," he repeatedly said.

He did not, however, detail his plan to make that happen. To do so, he'll need to have a firm plan in place to address the following four issues to achieve his goal...

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The response to and emotions shown to David Wright Saturday after his likely final game with the Mets was a rare occurrence in sports, let alone for the Mets. 

Since they have Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Jacob deGrom and others, the Mets will not be without leadership next season just because Wright is gone. The fact is, despite his reputation always hovering above the team, any physical leadership he provided the past few years was done mostly from afar.

That said, despite three other players having the potential to be the next homegrown player that achieves great things, makes us proud and does it only ever wearing a Mets uniform, only one guy has the necessary tools needed to be like Wright...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Gary & Keith discuss how Zack Wheeler has joined the ranks of the elite pitchers in baseball

The Mets hit three homers and pounded out 14 hits to back Zack Wheeler who dominated the Marlins en route to a 13-0 win on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Originally scheduled to play a doubleheader, the clubs were delayed by more than 5 1/2 hours before starting the game at 6:45 p.m. The twin bill was pushed to Thursday afternoon.

 

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Gary, Ron & Keith discuss Dominic Smith's home run in tonight's game and his future with the Mets organization

The Mets managed to bring around three runs on Cy Young hopeful Aaron Nola, but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Friday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

 

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The Mets have said 1B prospect Peter Alonso was not promoted this September because they wanted to see if Jay Bruce could be an option at first base next season.

The team also didn't want to promote Alonso so they could delay beginning his service time clock until next season. That said, it does make sense to see Bruce play as much first base as possible to best gauge how he can be used going forward...

"I think we need to make some sort of determination going into the offseason whether it is feasible bringing him back as a first baseman next year," Mets manager Mickey Callaway admitted last month. "I definitely think that is a possibility. I think that is one of the things we need to find out this last part of the season."

Unfortunately for Callaway, Bruce continues to look mostly adequate and - at times - below average when faced with rare situations in the field.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Los Angeles Dodgers' Austin Barnes during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy))
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Los Angeles Dodgers' Austin Barnes during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy))

Early homers from Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto weren't enough as the Dodgers bludgeoned Jason Vargas and Corey Oswalt, sending the Mets to an 11-4 defeat on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Bruce opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second inning, and Conforto followed up with a two-run shot of his own in the third, putting New York ahead 4-0.

2) After Austin Barnes homered to make it 4-2 in the bottom of the third, L.A. pulled ahead in the fourth when Brian Dozier knocked in Barnes -- and knocked out Vargas. The veteran lefty allowed five runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings. Barnes had reached on an error by Todd Frazier, meaning that the go-ahead run was unearned.

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Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez shed light on David Wright potentially returning to the Mets and playing again after his medical setbacks.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Wheeler (9-7) took the tough-luck loss after he allowed one run on just four hits while striking out nine and walking none. The righty threw 97 pitches on the night, 65 of which were strikes. Wheeler's only run allowed came on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Chris Shaw -- good for the first RBI of his Major League career -- in the seventh inning. He has now allowed only two runs in his last three starts and has struck out 23 batters in 21 innings pitched during that span. 

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Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) is greeted by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) as he crosses the plate after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) is greeted by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) as he crosses the plate after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Mets 1B Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run in the second inning of Tuesday night's game against the Dodgers. 

Video: WATCH: Jay Bruce belts two-run homer

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For the first time this season, OF Jay Bruce and LHP Jason Vargas are seemingly both healthy and finally producing for the Mets.

Bruce returned from the disabled list and started in right field on Friday, after which he has three hits, including a double and a home run, in 11 plate appearances. Overall, he's hitting .215 and on pace to hit fewer than 10 home runs for the first time since during his 11-year career.

"It's something I am not proud of, but I can only move forward," Bruce admitted Friday. "I have little over a month this year and two more seasons to right the ship."

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Jay Bruce will have roughly 35 games between now and the end of this season to keep himself healthy and prove his value to the Mets and the rest of MLB.

When asked Friday if he could envision Bruce as the team's full-time first baseman in 2019, manager Mickey Callaway said "I definitely think that's a possibility."

Bruce entered this season having played at least 137 games each of the last eight seasons, the last half of which he hit at least 30 home runs each year.

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Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets activated Jay Bruce from the disabled list on Friday and also called catcher Tomas Nido up from Double-A Binghamton.

To make room on the 25-man roster, Dominic Smith and Jack Reinheimer were optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The move for Nido comes after catcher Devin Mesoraco left Thursday's game early due to a neck issue he was sent for an MRI on.

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After recording a 1-for-4 night on Tuesday, Mets 3B David Wright went 0-for-3 in his latest rehab game with Single-A St. Lucie on Wednesday night. 

Though he may have gone hitless, Wright collected a two-hit game on Sunday to go along with his hit on Tuesday. 

Although the Mets' captain continues to work his way towards a potential return, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said Monday that it "remains to be seen" whether Wright will have enough time to get ready.

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Jun 12, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a two-run double against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 12, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a two-run double against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jay Bruce collected three hits and played nine innings in right field for Single-A St. Lucie in a rehab game on Tuesday.

Bruce, who hit fourth behind David Wright, doubled in the second inning and came around to score, singled in the fourth and sixth and popped out in the seventh.

Bruce is expected to get playing time at first base upon his return to the major league team. 

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David Wright and Jay Bruce played in a rehab game for Class A-Advanced Port St. Lucie, as they both try to work their way back to the Mets.

Mets 3B David Wright played his third game in four days with the St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday night. But after four plate appearances, Wright is still searching for his first hit. 

Wright went 0-for-3 with a walk, which makes him 0-for-7 in his three games. At third base, he managed to have two putouts in the game as well. 

Before his game Monday, Wright said that he wasn't worried about not getting a hit yet. He said the more live at-bats he has under his belt, he'll begin to see the ball better, resulting in more contact. 

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Jay Bruce went 0-for-2 with a walk for Single-A St. Lucie on Tuesday in his first rehab game.

Bruce, who started in right field and played five innings, struck out and flied out. He is expected to see playing time at first base and is currently scheduled to play there on Wednesday, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. At that point, he will alternate between right field and first base.

Bruce is also expected to get playing time at first base upon his return to the major league team.

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Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Jay Bruce begins a rehab assignment on Tuesday night, and his return could potentially block Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso from getting called up this season. Bruce will get time at first base and the outfield during his rehab assignment, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday, and the expectation is that he will get plenty of time at first base when he returns to the majors.

The Mets are reportedly not preparing to call up Alonso this season, and the return of Bruce and his presence at first base would seemingly make an Alonso call-up even less likely.

Read More: Point/Counterpoint: How could Bruce at 1B impact Alonso?

 

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Mets manager Mickey Callaway said earlier this week that Jay Bruce would get lots of time at first base when he soon returns from the DL.

What could Bruce at first base this season mean for Triple-A Las Vegas first baseman Peter Alonso? And what could it mean in 2019 and beyond? 

SNY.tv's Matthew Cerrone and Danny Abriano discuss...

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