Cano underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee following the 2018 season, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The surgery, which was performed by the Mets' medical director, Dr. David Altchek, while Cano was still a member of the Mariners, was considered minor. The veteran second baseman is expected to be fully healthy by the time spring training rolls around. Cano was traded to the Mets earlier in the week and will immediately slot in as the team's everyday second baseman, hitting in the heart of the order.
The Mariners have agreed to trade Cano to the Mets along with Edwin Diaz and cash considerations in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Cano has waived his no-trade clause, so the deal will be official once physicals have been completed Monday. From a fantasy perspective, the second baseman will trade a key role in a mediocre lineup in a tough park in Seattle for a very similar situation in New York. Owners in dynasty leagues may worry that the move to the National League removes his ability to transition to designated hitter as he ages, though he remained a capable second baseman as a 35-year-old last season, so that may not be an issue for at least a few more years.
Cano has waived his no-trade clause, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports, clearing the way for the Mariners to trade the second baseman to the New York Mets. Cano's decision to waive his no-trade clause essentially seals the deal that the Mariners and Mets have been working on over the last few days. Seattle will send Cano and reliever Edwin Diaz to the Mets, who will send back outfielder Jay Bruce, reliever Anthony Swarzak, outfielder Jarred Kelenic, right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn and reliever Gerson Bautista. The deal is not expected to be finalized until late Monday after all the players involved undergo physical examinations.
Cano is expected to be traded from the Mariners to the Mets along with closer Edwin Diaz in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and three New York prospects, Andy Martino of TheOutline.com reports Although the deal has not yet been completed, the two sides are reportedly on track to complete the trade by Friday. The Mets would be taking on five years for $120 million just on Cano's contract alone, so Seattle is expected to offer up some cash in order to get back more highly touted prospects, a list rumored to include the likes of Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn. Cano would also have to waive his no-trade clause, which is something he likely wouldn't mind doing given his history playing for the Yankees.
Cano is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. With little at stake in the season finale, the Mariners will give several veterans the day off, with Cano included among the lot. He'll cede the keystone to Kristopher Negron, who checks in as Seattle's No. 7 hitter. Though Seattle fell short of notching a playoff spot, Cano did his part to keep the club competitive when he returned from suspension Aug. 14, batting a sizzling .317/.363/.497 across 41 games.