The Mets and Mariners clash for the first time since 2018, when Robinson Canó was replaced

The Mets and Mariners clash for the first time since 2018, when Robinson Canó was replaced

The Seattle Mariners and the New York Mets will play a three-game series in Citi Field this weekend. The Mets are in town with a 22-11 record and a 6 1/2 game lead in the National League East. In their last 15 games, the Mariners have lost 12 of them. The Mets will start Max Scherzer on Friday, while the Mariners will debut hotshot pitching prospect George Kirby on Saturday.

However, these two teams are currently linked by a massive trade that had lingering consequences at the time. This is the first meeting between these two teams since the transaction.

Normally, in a series that we rarely see and has limited history, those would constitute the majority of the important facts.

It was December.

The linchpin for the Mariners’ side of the deal was, of course, Kelenic.

What has transpired since is pretty fascinating. At the time, the Mets getting Canó and Díaz was a huge deal. Sure, Canó was coming off a PED suspension, but he was very productive in his time in Seattle (.296/.353/.472, 129 OPS+). Diaz was coming off a ridiculous 57-save season in which he struck out 124 hitters in 73 1/3 innings at age 24. It had the look of two All-Stars in a salary dump for some possibly-interesting parts and one big-time prospect.

Fast-forward a few years and it looked like he would be the reason the Mariners “won the trade.”

We can immediately clear Bautista, Bruce and Swarzak out of the way. Bautista had an 11.00 ERA in nine innings for the Mariners in 2019 and now pitches in the Mexican League. Bruce was traded after 47 games for a player who won’t likely ever make the majors. Swarzak was moved to the Braves in a minor deal in May of 2019.

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