No matter how effectively Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano carry out with the Mets, that Jarred Kelenic was included within the commerce that introduced them over from the Seattle Mariners will at all times be an infinite blunder. And it is one that nearly did not occur.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mariners mentioned buying and selling Diaz and Jean Segura to the Philadelphia Phillies in a deal that included Sixto Sanchez within the days earlier than the Mets landed Diaz and Cano for a bundle that included Kelenic.
Shortly after buying Diaz and Cano, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon mentioned that a part of the Mets’ aggressiveness was on account of the truth that they wished to maintain Diaz away from the Phillies.
Had the Mets not been that aggressive, resulting in Seattle as a substitute buying and selling Diaz to the Phillies in a deal revolving round Sanchez, the NL East would look extremely totally different…
- Diaz could be on the Phillies, whose bullpen has been abysmal
- Kelenic would nonetheless be on the Mets, and maybe making ready for his MLB debut in 2021
- Sanchez could be on the Mariners as a substitute of the Marlins, the place he might be a dominant power for years to come back
- Realmuto won’t be on the Phillies (he won’t be there quickly, anyway, with him set at no cost company after the season)
With regards to Diaz and Cano, each have been large for the Mets in 2020 after brutal debut seasons in 2019.
Diaz has a 1.64 ERA (1.92 xFIP) and 1.27 WHIP in 22 IP whereas placing out an eye-popping 47 batters (19.23 per 9).
Cano is slashing .324/.365/.559 with 9 homers in 42 video games.
However once more, the Mets by no means ought to’ve included Kelenic within the deal that introduced Diaz and Cano to Queens — not after they have been doing the Mariners a favor by consuming a lot of Cano’s wage.
However what’s completed is finished, and it has modified the complexion of the NL East for the foreseeable future.