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Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz traded to Mets in blockbuster swap

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Alex Butler
Seattle Mariners batter Robinson Cano celebrates after hitting a solo home run. File photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
Seattle Mariners batter Robinson Cano celebrates after hitting a solo home run. File photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz have been traded to the New York Mets as part of a blockbuster deal with the Seattle Mariners.

Sources told Fancred and MLB.com that the deal has been fully agreed upon, but is pending physicals. The teams have not announced the trade.

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The Mets also landed $20 million in salary relief from Seattle. The Mariners are receiving Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and prospects Justin Dunn, Jarred Kelenic and Gerson Bautista.

Cano waived his no-trade clause to make the deal possible. The eight-time All-Star has five years and $120 million remaining on his 10-year contract.

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Cano hit .303 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs in 80 games last season. His season was shortened due to an 800game PED suspension.

For his career, Cano owns a .304 batting average with 311 home runs in 14 seasons. The 36-year-old played the first nine seasons of his career for the New York Yankees before signing with the Mariners as a free agent during the 2013 offseason. He is set to make $24 million annually through the 2023 season.

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Diaz, 24, made his first All-Star appearance last season after logging a league-best 57 saves and finishing a league-high 65 games. He also posted a 1.96 ERA in 73 appearances for the Mariners.

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Bruce hit .223 with nine home runs and 37 RBIs in 94 games last season for the Mets. He is a career .247 hitter with 286 long balls in his 11 seasons. Swarzak, 33, posted a 6.15 ERA with an 0-2 record and four saves in 29 appearances last season for the Mets. He has a career ERA of 4.30 in nine seasons.

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