— In his introductory press conference as Mets general manager, Brodie promised creativity and aggression in his quest to rejuvenate the roster. He is close to making good on those words with a franchise-altering trade.

and Mariners are nearing a blockbuster deal that would send eight-time All-Star and standout closer to Flushing, according to multiple sources. The trade could be finalized as soon as Friday. A Major League source said the teams expect to have a resolution by the end of the weekend, one way or the other.

— In his introductory press conference as Mets general manager, Brodie promised creativity and aggression in his quest to rejuvenate the roster. He is close to making good on those words with a franchise-altering trade.

and Mariners are nearing a blockbuster deal that would send eight-time All-Star and standout closer to Flushing, according to multiple sources. The trade could be finalized as soon as Friday. A Major League source said the teams expect to have a resolution by the end of the weekend, one way or the other.

Late Thursday, the deal gained significant traction, as began informing players who would be in it. Among them was outfielder Jay Bruce, according to a source, who added that reliever Anthony Swarzak is also likely in the deal. A second source said will add some combination of young players, potentially including but not limited to ’ Nos. 3 and 4 prospects, Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn.

Video: Heyman on Cano trade rumors between Mets and Mariners

MLB Network insider Joel Sherman tweeted that a deal was expected to be completed Friday and would include Bruce, Swarzak, Kelenic and Dunn, plus a reliever.

Cano is still owed $120 million through 2023, and the industry expectation is that will absorb a portion of that money to strike a deal, in addition to taking on the remaining salaries of Bruce ($28 million) and Swarzak ($8.5 million). Cano also owns a full no-trade clause, which he would need to waive. Many within the industry consider that a formality, but a source said Cano had not yet done so as of Thursday night.

For , the prize of the potential trade is not Cano but Diaz, who is coming off a franchise-record 57-save season and is under team control through 2022. Still just 24 years old, Diaz compiled a 1.96 ERA and struck out 124 batters over 73 1/3 innings this season, earning the Mariano Rivera Reliever of the Year Award.

Diaz fits the bill of a proven closer to lock down the back end of their bullpen, but to acquire him, are paying a price. Kelenic was the No. 6 overall Draft pick last June, is MLB Pipeline’s 62nd-ranked prospect and has drawn nearly universal praise from scouts. Dunn, another former first-round pick, broke out in 2018 and ranks 89th on MLB Pipeline’s list.

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Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil was rumored to be part of the deal earlier Thursday, but could move to third base or the bench if he is not traded. Or, could use Cano at first base, though that would likely delay the arrival of top prospect Peter Alonso.

For now, and Mariners are simply concentrating on finalizing a deal for two of the league’s elite players. Cano served an 80-game suspension last season for violating MLB’s joint drug policy, but continued to make hard contact when he was in the lineup, finishing with a .303/.374/.471 slash line, 10 home runs and 50 RBIs in 80 games.

If completed, the trade would not only represent a significant splash for in his first month on the job, but would also reunite him with a former client. The agent-turned-GM represented Cano when he signed his 10-year, $240 million deal with Seattle before the 2014 season, in a joint venture between CAA and Roc Nation Sports. Those two agencies later split.

Another driving force behind a deal is Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto, who is rarely shy about making trades. Already this offseason, Dipoto sent starting pitcher to the . A Cano deal would free up even more money for a rebuilding Mariners team.

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