‘We Came Here to Win’: Mets Unveil Cano and Diaz

Edwin Diaz was at dwelling in his native Puerto Rico final week when buzz a couple of potential blockbuster commerce that might ship him and his Seattle Mariners’ teammate, Robinson Cano, to the Mets fluttered throughout social media. By Friday, the commerce was in principally in place. That evening, Cano, who was in his native Dominican Republic, known as Diaz.

“Be prepared,” Cano informed Diaz. “We’re going to New York. We’re going to have enjoyable over there, win video games and assist the workforce.”

On Monday, Cano, a second baseman, and Diaz, a reduction pitcher, had been in New York for his or her physicals and dinner with the Mets’ brass, together with the homeowners, entrance workplace workers and Supervisor Mickey Callaway. The subsequent morning, the gamers had been formally launched because the Mets’ new stars — finishing a splashy, albeit dangerous, transfer that signaled the workforce’s dedication to contending for a playoff spot in 2019 after back-to-back dropping seasons.

“We didn’t make this transfer to have this be our final transfer,” the Mets’ common supervisor, Brodie Van Wagenen, stated simply over a month into his new job. Earlier than he was employed in October, Van Wagenen was an agent who had represented, amongst different gamers, Cano.

Wilpon stated he was “very snug” with the reason Van Wagenen gave him concerning Cano’s suspension however declined to elaborate. “I may very well be confirmed fallacious, however I don’t assume he’s a drug cheat,” Wilpon stated of Cano.

Regardless, Cano’s energy and protection at second base, the place he gained Gold Gloves in 2010 and 2012, have declined some through the years, however he nonetheless hit .303 with an .845 on-base-slugging-percentage final season — manufacturing that would have helped the Mets’ streaky offense.

Cano stated he felt youthful than 36 and that he’s able to competing towards youthful gamers. He pointed to David Ortiz and his former Yankees teammates Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as examples of those that performed at 40. (Not all had been productive at that age and a few performed below a cloud of performance-enhancing drug utilization.)

“You’re not going to be the identical man while you get to 40 as 25,” Cano stated. “Your physique is so totally different. However I’ll say this: Should you work exhausting and all the time put together your self, like different guys did up to now, you’ll have the ability to play at that degree.”

Cano, an eight-time All-Star, stated it was simpler to waive his no-trade clause figuring out he could be reunited with Van Wagenen, however he additionally cited his love for New York, the fervour for baseball right here and the possibility to compete for a title once more.

“He has a imaginative and prescient on his legacy,” Van Wagenen stated. “He has a mission in thoughts that he desires to outline his profession the following 5 years as a lot as he has over the course of the final 10.”

Though reduction pitchers might be unstable from 12 months to 12 months, the Mets consider Diaz’s age, 4 years of management and price relative to older free agent reduction pitchers outweighs any decline in Cano’s efficiency.

“While you begin as excessive as Robby Cano did, that decline is fairly worthwhile and pretty much as good as something we’ve within the group,” Van Wagenen stated.

The Mets consider their window to win is for the following few seasons, whereas pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, who’s unlikely to be traded, and outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto are all in the identical uniform.

Van Wagenen known as Diaz one of the best nearer in baseball. Diaz, whose fastball reaches 100 miles per hour, confirmed promise earlier than a breakout 2018, which he attributed to an improved aggressive mentality. He had a serious league-high 57 saves whereas posting a 1.96 E.R.A., placing out 124 over 73⅓ innings, and incomes his first All-Star nod.

Diaz stated a bone spur, which was found in his throwing arm when he was drafted in 2012, has by no means been a difficulty. He stated he was impressed the Mets gave up three prospects to accumulate Cano and him.

“We got here right here to win and attempt to attain the World Collection and get a hoop,” he stated.

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