After three years, the New York Mets trade that saw one of their top prospects, Jarred Kelenic, get sent to the Seattle Mariners for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz is finally starting to look less than awful.

Before the 2019 season, former Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was looking to make a major splash and turn the team’s fortunes around in one fell swoop. In acquiring former Yankees All-Star Robinson Cano, the team thought they would get the kind of world-class power-hitting talent they needed in the middle of the order to anchor the team’s offense for the next few years.

In the deal, the team also acquired Mariners closer, Diaz, following his first appearance in the previous season’s All-Star game. It seemed like a move with serious upside despite the Mets sending back two of their top prospects in Kelenic and Justin Dunn. Well, it wasn’t long before the trade went badly like many of the team’s major moves over the last 30 years often do.

New York Mets got the worst version of Robinson Cano

The New York Mets got a version of Cano 14-years into his career and far from his peak form on the Yankees. His 2019 season disappointed, and despite a bounceback in the COVID shortened 2020 season, he abruptly failed another drug test and was banned for the entirety of the 2021 season. This season, Cano looked every bit of a 39-year-old baseball player. In 12 games, he hit one home run, had three runs-batted-in, and hit under .200 before he was designated for assignment earlier this month. Ending a forgettable return to New York.