Meet the new Mets: Cano, Diaz hope to make team a contender

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NEW YORK -

Aiming for an instant upgrade after two failing seasons, the New York Mets and their rookie general manager turned to a familiar face in the Big Apple.

The Mets made a splash - that much was certain - when they acquired eight-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano and major league saves leader Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners in a seven-player trade Monday.

The two players were formally introduced to the media during a news conference Tuesday morning.

In his first big move as Mets GM, Brodie Van Wagenen brought the 36-year-old Cano back to New York. Van Wagenen previously was an agent and represented the former Yankees slugger.

The rebuilding Mariners also sent $20 million to the Mets for outfielder Jay Bruce, reliever Anthony Swarzak and three prospects: former first-round draft picks Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic, plus right-hander Gerson Bautista.

Cano is halfway through a $240 million, 10-year contract. With the cash from Seattle, the Mets will be responsible for $100 million of the $120 million owed to Cano.

Cano served an 80-game suspension this year following a positive test for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs. Cano claimed the Furosemide was given to him by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic. The suspension was announced May 15, two days after Cano's right hand was broken when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Detroit's Blaine Hardy.

Associated Press Wire Services contributed to this report.

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