Is it true Jerry Dipoto he spoke with other teams about the possibility of transferring to the Dominican Robinson Cano, Not surprising, given that the CEO of the company Sailors from the first day out of season he recognized that he was willing to consider any movement to change the list Seattle and put the team in a better position to fight for the next two to three years.
Dipoto said that no player is untouchable, although he also stressed that he would have to receive huge offers to get rid of young stars such as Puerto Rican closer Edwin Díaz, Mitch Haniger and Marco GonzalesThese players represent the core around which Dipoto wants to build a team.
For that very reason Cano, Venezuelan Felix Hernandez and Nelson Cruz may soon become former sailors.
It seems that Dipoto has already decided to move forward without Cruze, who at the age of 38 is the best hitter in the loyalty market. Cano and Hernández are still on the list of sailors and both are available in exchanges, although they come with a warning. Or even more, huge treaties.
Though the name of Hernández sounded aloof as in Cana, Marineri would not hesitate to trade with him if another team was willing to take responsibility for the $ 27 million debt owed to 32-year-old right-wing workers. age in the last year of your contract.
The same can be said of Canó, which is now more valuable than Hernández, but also with a long-term economic commitment because it has five years and $ 120 million has gone into its 10-year contract and 240 million US dollars.
Dipoto has talks about Cana with other teams, including Mets and the Yankees, though it does not seem to be in danger of moving.
But Dipoto is not afraid to move the chips since he has made 82 changes in 385 months since 2115. Two of his most influential moves have taken place this month when James Paxton Yankees and Mike Zunino sent off compromises that show more for 2021 and 2022 than the next season.
That is why Hernandez could have been transferred, although the reward is minimal. The native of Valencia, who had long been a franchise, had briefly lost his job in August in a rotation until Paxton wounded him to return. After registration of the 8-14 and 5.55 ERA records in 2018, it is not certain that Hernandez has the opportunity to return to serve as a starter and less in a team that is trying to revive in the future.
Since he was in the main leagues for more than 10 seasons and the last five with the same team, Hernandez would have the right to reject any change. Since his longing for the first career start to continue as a starter and to reach the postseason, it is hard to imagine he is reluctant to join another team.
Sailors would be willing to say goodbye to Hernandez without much demand in return, due to the exercise and salary of law. The Cano case is different, since last Dominican produced 35 years of wood. Although he lost 80 matches due to doping suspension, native San Pedro de Macoris had a .303 average of 10 homers and 50 RBIs. Upon returning from the suspension he reached .317 with six homers and 27 runs in 41 games.
Even though Mariners want to get out of Cano's contract, they do not hurry to lose their offensive production. The young man led the team as a percentage of the base in 2018, finishing second (one point) behind his compatriot Jean Seguro on average and the third after Cruz and Haniger.
With five years left, Cano can be part of the core that Dipoto builds, especially if the veteran is willing to move from the other to the first base or serve as a designated hitter.
That's why the news that Mariners might include Diaz or the prospect of Kyle Lewis in a Cano package convincing a team like Yankees or Mets to take Dominikan does not seem to understand Dipoto's intentions.
Sailors are not desperate to get rid of Cano, and they will not pass on Diaz or Lewis simply to cut their wages.
Dipoto will certainly hear all offers and his baseball team is known as unconventional. But every exchange for Cano would be made with the idea of adding to the future, not just by subtracting from the present.
Future ability to create economic flexibility for the future is a factor, so Dipoto will have to decide what part of the Cano contract it is willing to cover. The more money he is willing to pay for Cana, the smaller the value of the prospect he pays in exchange for a veteran.
As for Canova's caliber player and such a huge deal, any business can be complicated. That is why interviews are now and nothing more.
Seattle I MLB.com I By Greg Johns