It's good to be back.
This is how Robinson Cano feels about the idea of returning to New York.
"It's nice to be back in New York."
Cano arrived late on Sunday evening on a Dominican Republic flight at JFK, taking him from the Mariners to the Mets on the Mets Had to be completed on Monday. When asked if he thought he would overtake his body, Cano said, "Yes, it feels good now."
Saturday's deal sends 36-year-old second baseman and closer to Edwin Diaz to the Mets for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn, and facilitator Gerson Bautista. If all the doctors check out, the deal could be official on Monday.
This will be Cano's second stop in New York. The second baseman spent nine seasons with the Yankees before signing a 1
At the airport, Cano was immediately recognized by a small group of fans as he entered the terminal and stopped to take pictures.
He comes from a disappointing season that includes a suspension for 80 PEDs. Cano has slashed .303 / .374 / .471 with 10 homers and 50 RBIs and is expected to support a Mets lineup that will be without Yoenis Cespedes for most of the season. He said he was looking forward to returning to the field.
"For me, this season is motivating," said Cano. "It is blessed to always wear a uniform, to be able to play in the big leagues, to play spicy. Mets uniform, there is a lot of pride, a lot of good story and I'm ready to go.
Cano had to renounce his no-trade clause to make the move. The eight-time All-Star, who spent five seasons in Seattle, said he spoke with Mets general director Brodie Van Wagenen before deciding to confirm the deal.
"I know that there will be many good things," said Cano.
The Mets only have to pay part of the five-year remaining $ 120 million for Cano's contract. The Mariners will transfer $ 20 million to Flushing as part of the deal.
While Cano is the recognizable name, Diaz is considered the bigger offer of the business. The 24-year-old right-hander posted an ERA of 1.96 and 57 savings for Seattle last season. Cano smiled as he was asked what Diaz could add to the Mets.
"You can see that last year," he said. "He's a young, good arm, too smart."