Mets, Mariners close to blockbuster trade deal: reports

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Seattle Mariners all-star Robinson Cano may be headed back to New York -- but for the Mets this time around (AFP Photo/Stephen Lam)
Seattle Mariners all-star Robinson Cano may be headed back to New York -- but for the Mets this time around (AFP Photo/Stephen Lam)

Los Angeles (AFP) - The New York Mets are poised to strike a deal that would see them acquire eight-time all-star second baseman Robinson Cano and closing pitcher Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners, US media reported Saturday.

In return, the Mariners reportedly would receive veteran right fielder Jay Bruce, relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak and several prospects -- right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn, outfielder Jarred Kelenic and right-handed reliever Gerson Bautista.

The Mariners also are sending $20 million to the Mets.

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Nothing is official as any trade would be contingent upon the players passing their physical exams.

The deal could be announced as soon as Monday, the New York Post reported.

The 36-year-old Cano hit 10 home runs and batted in 50 runs in 80 games last season for Seattle, and has five years left on a 10-year contract he signed in 2013.

Cano is no stranger to the Big Apple -- before joining the Mariners, he played for the New York Yankees from 2005 to 2013.

Diaz, 24, had a 1.96 ERA and led the majors with 57 saves last season, which tied him for the second-most in a single season in baseball history.

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