Saints Vs. Cowboys Live Stream: Watch ‘Thursday Night Football’ Game Online

The Dallas Cowboys on Thursday can take a big step forward in claiming the NFC East lead, but they’ve got a pretty tall task in front of them.
Dallas will welcome the NFC’s top-seeded squad in the New Orleans Saints to AT&T Stadium for what promises to be an exciting clash. At 6-5, the Cowboys trail the Washington Redskins for the division lead only by the tiebreaker, and with Alex Smith done for the season, they can make a big push for the division crown by stringing together some wins.

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The Saints, meanwhile, have been thoroughly dominant all season, led largely by their remarkably efficient offense.
Here’s how and when to watch Saints vs. Cowboys:
When: Thursday, Nov. 29, at 8:20 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: FuboTV

Berkshire Bank Hockey Night In New England: Projected Bruins-Islanders Lines, Pairings

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins will look to continue their success on home ice this season when they welcome the New York Islanders to TD Garden on Thursday night.
The Bruins, who haven’t lost at home since Oct. 27, are shuffling things up yet again as their injuries mount. Veteran blueliner Steven Kampfer will be reinserted into the lineup in the absence of Kevan Miller, who took a puck to the throat in Monday’s loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Miller sustained a cartilage injury to the larynx and will be reevaluated in five weeks.
Boston also will welcome back Ryan Donato, who was recalled Wednesday after spending the majority of the month in Providence. Anders Bjork was reassigned to the Bruins’ AHL affiliate to make way for Donato.
B’s fans won’t have to wait until puck drop for the action to start either, as Bruins legend Rick Middleton will have his No. 16 raised to the rafters prior to the game.
Here are the projected lines and defensive pairings for Thursday’s Bruins-Islanders game:
BOSTON BRUINS (13-7-4)
Brad Marchand–Colby Cave–David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen–David Krejci–Jake DeBrusk
Ryan Donato–Joakim Nordstrom–Noel Acciari
Chris Wagner–Sean Kuraly–David Backes

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Torey Krug–Connor Clifton
John Moore–Steven Kampfer
Jeremy Lauzon–Matt Grzelcyk
Tuukka Rask
NEW YORK ISLANDERS (12-9-2)
Anthony Beauvillier–Mathew Barzal–Josh Bailey
Anders Lee–Brock Nelson–Jordan Eberle
Tom Kuhnhackl–Valtteri Filppula–Leo Komarov
Matt Martin–Casey Cizikas–Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy–Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey–Ryan Pulock
Adam Pelech–Scott Mayfield
Robin Lehner

Bruins Now: Injuries Pile Up, Rick Middleton No. 16 Jersey Retirement

The Boston Bruins just can’t escape the injury bug.
Defenseman Kevan Miller is the latest victim but the B’s have trudged on through the grueling NHL schedule. NESN.com’s Courtney Cox details the week in this edition of “Bruins Now” as she examines David Pastrnak’s hot streak and takes a look back on the career of Rick Middleton.

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Watch the video above for the full episode.

Here’s What Kyrie Irving Told Gordon Hayward During Practice Pep Talk

Gordon Hayward has yet to recapture his All-Star form since returning from the fractured tibia and dislocated ankle that sidelined him for all but five minutes of last season.
The Boston Celtics forward has looked tentative during the first 21 games of this season, choosing to play the role of facilitator off the bench instead of being the premier scorer he was during his final season with the Utah Jazz.
Boston currently sits at 11-10 and is looking for something to jumpstart what was supposed to be an NBA Finals-worthy campaign. With the Celtics’ offense continuing to sputter, Kyrie Irving wants Hayward to be more aggressive, and the star guard gave his teammate a pep talk Thursday at practice.

Kyrie Irving on Gordon Hayward: "We had practice yesterday and I told him, 'Look for your shot more. Get aggressive and get yourself going because you are a great talent in this league and I don't want you to ever forget that.'"

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— Jay King (@ByJayKing) November 29, 2018

Irving makes a good point.
Prior to his injury, Hayward had become one of the better two-way players in the league. He could score at all three levels, and he was a go-to guy for a team that won 51 games and made it to the Western Conference semifinals.
While his shot hasn’t come back yet, Hayward has been good in the pick-and-roll as a passer this season. If he can start attacking the basket and looking for his own shot, it will add another dimension to Boston’s offense. That’s something the Celtics desperately need.

NFL Week 13 Picks: Odds, Analysis And Predictions For Every Game

We’re not going to lie: Week 13 in the NFL doesn’t offer a ton of intriguing matchups.
Eight games have spreads of at least a touchdown, including three double-digit spreads. But there are plenty of playoff implications, and what else are you going to do on Sunday anyway?
NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian have plenty to play for with their against-the-spread picks, as they’re once again back to give their winners.
Here’s how they fared last week.
Mike Cole: 4-11 (84-86-3 overall)
Ricky Doyle: 10-5 (88-82-3)
Andre Khatchaturian: 10-5 (94-76-3)
Here are their Week 13 picks, with lines courtesy of OddsShark.com.
THURSDAY, NOV. 29
(-7.5) New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m.
Mike: Saints. The Cowboys are plus-5 in turnover margin over their three-game winning streak. Gonna be a little tougher to win the turnover battle against this Saints offense.
Ricky: Saints. Not going to get cute here. Initially thought about taking the Cowboys since it’s a Thursday night game in Dallas, but let’s face it: The Saints really don’t have any flaws. And while the Cowboys’ three-game winning streak is nice, there’s no way they can play catch-up if New Orleans jumps out to an early lead and forces Dallas to abandon the run.
Andre: Saints. Dak Prescott isn’t going to win many games with his arm. He only has three 300-yard games in his career. Ezekiel Elliott is going to have to have a big game if the Cowboys are going to make this a game, but that will be challenging because 1) the Saints have allow the fewest yards per carry, 2) Drew Brees is Drew Brees and he’ll put up points against a mediocre Dallas pass defense and 3) if the Saints take the lead, Dallas might get away from the run.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2
Arizona Cardinals at (-14) Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.
Mike: Cardinals. The Packers shouldn’t be favored by 14 points over anyone right now.
Ricky: Cardinals. This is just the eighth time since 1981 that a team with a losing record is favored by two touchdowns in December, per CBS Sports. (The favorites are 4-2-1 ATS in the previous seven instances.) It’s understandable, as the Cardinals are terrible no matter how you slice it. But the Packers have issues, too, namely coaching.
Andre: Packers. Arizona has cracked the 20-point mark just twice all year and that was against the Raiders and 49ers. The Packers are sixth in the NFL in yards per play differential and the Cardinals are dead last. Aaron Rodgers is in desperation mode (scary) and the Packers haven’t lost at home this season.

(-1) Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
Mike: Falcons. So we’ve got a rookie quarterback making his first career road start favored over a former MVP? I feel like I’ve gotta take the Falcons out of principle.
Ricky: Ravens. The Falcons are the worst defensive team in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA ratings. They’re terrible against the run and can’t tackle.
Andre: Falcons. Everyone keeps talking about how bad the Falcons secondary is, but they haven’t allowed a 300-yard game since September and that trend should continue against Lamar Jackson. Atlanta does allow a lot of yards on the ground, but Baltimore’s yards per carry numbers aren’t inspiring (25th). Matt Ryan is also having a phenomenal year at home and should feast on a Ravens defense that’s had trouble forcing takeaways.

Buffalo Bills at (-5) Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Mike: Bills. Buffalo’s defense has been sneaky good this season, while the Dolphins rank 25th in points, 27th in passing yards and 20th in rushing yards. If this one is low-scoring, let me grab the points.
Ricky: Bills. Only two teams — the Jets and Buccaneers — have given away the football more than the Bills. But keep in mind: Buffalo turned the ball over 14 times during its four-game losing streak from Week 6 to Week 10. The Bills haven’t turned the ball over once during their two-game winning streak.
Andre: Bills. The Bills have been averaging more than six yards per play over the last two games. That’s a big deal considering they were averaging fewer than four yards per play for the first part of the season. Their defense continues to be a strength, especially against the passing game. They allow the second-fewest yards per pass attempt and should continue to thrive against a Dolphins team that’s 29th in yards per play differential.

(-3.5) Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Mike: Bucs. During their three-game losing streak, the Panthers are allowing 6.4 yards per play (fourth-worst in the NFL) and haven’t forced a turnover. I think Tampa Bay’s offense ends up being too much and the Bucs finally take care of the football and win outright.
Ricky: Panthers. Good news: The Bucs, owners of an NFL-worst minus-21 turnover differential, didn’t cough up the football last week. Bad news: That effort came against the 49ers, who’ve totaled an NFL-low five takeaways all season. Expect some mistakes from Tampa Bay this week to make up for lost time.
Andre: Panthers. I don’t care how great Tampa’s offense is, they always shoot themselves in the foot by turning the ball over. Their 29 giveaways are six more than the Jets, who have the second-most in the league. Defensively, they can’t force turnovers and they’ve allowed the second-most yards per play.

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Chicago Bears at New York Giants (No line as of Thursday afternoon)
Cleveland Browns at (-6) Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Mike: Texans. The Browns’ progress is nice, but last week’s win snapped a 25-game road losing streak, and it happened against a woeful Bengals team. Houston, meanwhile, has four home wins this season by an average of 11.5 points.
Ricky: Texans. The Browns have a little bit of swagger to them thanks to their quarterback, a coaching change and back-to-back wins over the hapless Falcons and Bengals. This week poses a stiff test, however, and Houston’s defense is equipped to take care of business at home.
Andre: Browns. The Browns averaged 4.9 yards per play with Hue Jackson. In the last three games, they’re averaging more than six. Their rejuvenated offense combined with their ability to create turnovers should keep this game a close one.

(-5) Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Mike: Broncos. The Bengals have nothing left to play for, and it doesn’t feel like Marvin Lewis is going to be able to turn his team around after an awful home loss to the Browns last week.
Ricky: Broncos. The Bengals can’t stop a nose bleed.
Andre: Broncos. Since Week 4, Denver has played the Chiefs twice (two losses by less than one score), the Rams (lost by three), the Texans (lost by two), the Steelers and Chargers (both wins.) That is a daunting schedule and the fact they’ve kept games against tough opponents close means this is a good Broncos team. Denver averages the second-most yards per carry and they go up against a Bengals team that allows the second-most yards per game.

(-4) Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Mike: Colts. Remember when the Jaguars’ defense was good? They have the worst sack percentage of any team in the NFL the last three weeks, and that’s bad news against a Colts team that’s allowed Andrew Luck to be sacked just once over their five-game winning streak.
Ricky: Jaguars. The Colts are 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games against the Jaguars. Maybe firing offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and benching quarterback Blake Bortles will give the Jaguars the kick in the pants they need.
Andre: Jaguars. The Colts have beat terrible opponents over their last five games. Jacksonville is another terrible opponent, but I do like the switch to Cody Kessler. As a starter for a terrible Browns team two years ago, he had six touchdowns, two interceptions and completed 66 percent of his passes. Jacksonville has kept it within a score in their last four losses, too.

(-10) Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
Mike: Rams. The Lions’ defense just isn’t very good, and now they’re tasked with slowing down a rested Rams offense? As long as LA doesn’t get ahead of itself, the Rams should roll.
Ricky: Lions. Trap game? The Rams should be well-rested after their Week 12 bye, but this game comes on the road after matchups with the Packers, Saints, Seahawks and Chiefs and before a showdown with the Bears. Los Angeles is 1-5-2 ATS over its last eight games despite winning all but one of those contests straight up.
Andre: Rams. The Lions are third-to-last in yards per play differential and in the last five games they’ve averaged just 16.2 points per game and Matt Stafford has just five touchdowns and five picks. The Rams have the third-best turnover differential and I don’t see any way the Lions keep up with the Rams’ explosive offense.

(-15) Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.
Mike: Chiefs. See what I wrote about the Rams-Lions game and just insert “Chiefs” for each mention of “Rams.”
Ricky: Raiders. I’ll probably regret this pick by the end of the first quarter. But it’s soooo many points, and it’s not outside the realm of possibility that the Chiefs feel the lingering sting of their narrow loss to the Rams on Monday night two weeks ago.
Andre: Chiefs. The Chiefs average seven yards per play and the Raiders allow nearly seven. I’d be shocked if the Chiefs punt in this game.

New York Jets at (-8) Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m.
Mike: Titans. Getting a read on the Titans is so hard, but they’ve been much better at home (3-1 vs. 2-5), and there was nothing I saw out of the Jets offense last week vs. the Patriots that inspired any sort of confidence.
Ricky: Jets. The Titans are nothing more than a mediocre football team. Sometimes, they’re good. Sometimes, they’re bad. Given that volatility, this is way too many points to lay, especially with the Jets having some talent on defense.
Andre: Jets. Marcus Mariota was nearly perfect and the Titans still were blown out of the water. The Titans are just way too unpredictable and I still don’t know what they are. Give me the points.

Minnesota Vikings at (-5) New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m.
Mike: Vikings. The line keeps dropping, which has me weary, but Tom Brady has been surprisingly poor against the blitz this season, and no one blitzes more than Minnesota. The Vikings also have an edge on third down and in the red zone, two vital components to keeping the game close.
Ricky: Vikings. Minnesota might win this game outright. The Vikings have talent at all three levels of their defense, helping to explain why they’re effective against both the run and the pass. All-Pro safety Harrison Smith can blanket Rob Gronkowski while the Vikings bring pressure up front. Speaking of pressure, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has the best completion percentage (67.7) and best completion percentage on deep passes (77.9) of any QB with more than 42 dropbacks this season. Tom Brady, meanwhile, ranks 38th and 27th, respectively, in those areas.
Andre: Patriots. Minnesota doesn’t have a win against a team with a winning record. Their problem continues to be running the ball. They haven’t been able to establish the run and Dalvin Cook has been ineffective all year. This has put a lot of pressure on Kirk Cousins, who is 0-4-1 when throwing the ball more than 40 times this year.

San Francisco 49ers at (-10) Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.
Mike: Seahawks. Seattle is such a front-running team; when they get going, they’re hard to stop. Returning home after a big win with Nick Mullens on the other side isn’t going to be what slows them down.
Ricky: Seahawks. The 49ers have the NFL’s worst coverage grade, according to Pro Football Focus. They also don’t force turnovers and are horrendous at tackling. Seattle should light up the scoreboard in its own backyard. San Francisco is 0-6 SU and 2-4 ATS on the road this season. The Niners have lost six straight games in Seattle, going 1-5 ATS.
Andre: Seahawks. Not a bad stretch for Seattle. They finish 2-2 against the Chargers, Rams, Packers and Panthers. Now they play the 49ers twice in three weeks and finish with four of their last five at home. The 49ers have a league-low two interceptions this season and have the second-worst turnover differential.

Los Angeles Chargers at (-3.5) Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m.
Mike: Chargers. LA has one of the best red-zone defenses in the NFL, while only Blake Bortles and Case Keenum have worse red-zone passer ratings than Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers quarterback has also been way too sloppy with the ball, especially under pressure, which could mean a struggle vs. the Chargers’ pass rush.
Ricky: Steelers. James Conner has just 35 carries over the last three weeks, but the Steelers should call his number frequently Sunday night against a Chargers run defense that ranks 27th, according to Pro Football Focus. Another advantage for Pittsburgh: Third down. The Steelers rank No. 7 in third-down conversion percentage and No. 5 in opponent third-down conversion percentage, whereas the Chargers rank No. 22 in both of those categories.
Andre: Chargers. Sure, Melvin Gordon is gone. But Austin Ekeler has 409 rushing yards this year as a backup. He averages nearly six yards per carry and has been heavily used in the passing game, too. Ben Roethlisberger is also a turnover machine lately. In a big game where the smallest mistakes can change the game, I trust Rivers more than Big Ben. Finally, Joey Bosa is getting into form. He had two sacks in his second game of the year last week.

MONDAY, DEC. 3
Washington Redskins at (-6.5) Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 p.m.
Mike: Redskins. The Redskins just need to buy Colt McCoy a little bit of time, even he should find success against an absurdly banged-up Eagles secondary.
Ricky: Eagles. Philadelphia has the best pass rush in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus, and that’ll prove problematic for Washington’s patchwork offensive line. The Eagles also rank fifth in defending tight ends, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA ratings, meaning Colt McCoy will have a more difficult time checking down to Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis this week.
Andre: Eagles. The Redskins were benefiting from mistake-free football from Alex Smith all year. That’s not going to continue with Colt McCoy. Plus, Carson Wentz is quietly putting up a strong season. Aside from that disaster against New Orleans, he only has three picks this year to go with 16 touchdowns.

MLB Rumors: Dodgers In Talks With Indians Over Trade For Star Pitchers

Will the Cleveland Indians help the Los Angeles Dodgers stack their deck with aces?
The teams are engaged in trade talks centering around one or more of Indians starting pitchers Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported Thursday, citing sources.

Sources: #Dodgers and #Indians trade talks remain ongoing this week, as @Ken_Rosenthal first reported. If a deal is reached, a Cleveland starter — Kluber, Carrasco or Bauer — likely would go to L.A. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 29, 2018

The Dodgers want to bolster their rotation below incumbent ace Clayton Kershaw in an effort to cross the World Series finish line triumphantly, instead of in defeat as has been the case the past two seasons.

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Kluber, a two-time American League Cy Young Award winner and three-time All-Star, would fill the Dodgers’ aforementioned need if he maintains the lofty standards he has set over the past five seasons.
Carrasco went 17-10 last season with a 3.38 ERA and 231 strikeouts in 192 innings. He never has finished high in the Cy Young Award voting but he did lead the AL in wins in 2017 with 18.
Bauer’s 2018 numbers — 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 175 innings — earned him sixth place in the Cy Young voting and he was an All-Star. At age 27, he’s younger than Carrasco, 31, and Kluber, 32, and probably still can improve.
Nevertheless, the Dodgers would have to offer the Indians an impressive package in exchange for any one of their trio of talented starters. We now must wait to see whom the Dodgers might include in such an offer.

Here’s Yet Another Way Red Sox Beat Yankees In 2018 Postseason

The Boston Red Sox decided to spread the wealth after their historic 2018 season. The New York Yankees, on the other hand, weren’t in the giving mood.
Before the playoffs began, the Red Sox voted to distribute 66 full shares of postseason revenue, partial awards equaling 10.02 shares and eight cash awards, according to The Boston Globe. After winning the 2018 World Series, the value of a full postseason share for the Red Sox was worth $416,837.72. The Red Sox only used 44 players during the season, which means the 66 full shares suggest the players made a big difference in the lives of the coaches and staff members who aren’t as well compensated as the players.
The Yankees, who were bounced by the Red Sox in the American League Division Series in four games, voted to give out only 45 shares of $43,082, which was 12 fewer shares than the next team, according to the New York Post. The Post reports assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere was granted half a share, analyst Zac Fieroh received nothing and “several support staffers had their shares cut from a year ago.”

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Members of the coaching staff aren’t guaranteed a share but normally the team votes to give out shares to reward the hard work of the coaches and staff, especially those that travel with the team throughout the grueling season.
While this money might not mean much to some of the players, it is life-changing money for many members of the staff.
Kudos to the Red Sox.

NISSAN Morning Drive: Bruins Excited For Rick Middleton’s Ceremony

A Boston Bruins legend will be honored tonight at TD Garden.
Rick Middleton played 12 seasons for the black and gold and now, thirty years after he played his final NHL game, Nifty will have his number sixteen raised to the rafters. NESN.com’s Michaela Vernava shares how current Bruins feel about the ceremony and about their own potential to one day receive the honor in today’s NISSAN Morning Drive.

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See what the Bruins had to say in the video above.

Patriots Practice Report: Pats Have Perfect Attendance As Dwayne Allen Returns

FOXBORO, Mass. — For the first time in seven weeks, the New England Patriots had perfect attendance at practice Thursday ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium.
The last time every active Patriots player participated in a practice session was Oct. 10, ahead of the team’s Week 6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tight end Dwayne Allen, the only player absent from Wednesday’s session, practice for the first time since suffering a knee injury during the Patriots’ Week 10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. That injury kept Allen out of New England’s 27-13 win over the New York Jets this past Sunday.

Dwayne Allen (seen here behind calves-out Bill Belichick) returned to practice today. Perfect attendance for the Patriots. pic.twitter.com/rK94QqoQGR

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— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) November 29, 2018

Quarterback Tom Brady (knee) and special teamer Nate Ebner (knee) were the only players limited Wednesday. Both were present at the start of Thursday’s practice.
Though they’ve dealt with injuries to several key players this season (Sony Michel, Rob Gronkowski, Shaq Mason, etc.), the Patriots currently are remarkably healthy. In their Thursday practice during Week 13 last season, two players were absent with injuries and nine more were limited.

MLB Rumors: Mets Nearing Trade For Mariners’ Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano?

The Seattle Mariners already swung a huge trade with the New York Yankees. Now, the M’s could be shifting their focus from the Bronx to Queens.
Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reported Thursday, citing league sources, that there is “significant momentum” toward a deal that would send Mariners closer Edwin Diaz and second baseman Robinson Cano to the New York Mets.

There is significant momentum toward a deal that would send Robinson Cano and Edwin Díaz from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Mets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. While they characterize a deal as not done yet, there is an increasing expectation a trade will get finished.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 29, 2018

The deal isn’t done yet, as Passan outlined some of the hurdles that remain in completing the blockbuster, including Cano’s no-trade clause and potential physicals. But it would be a massive move by the Mets, even without knowing the prospects they’ll need to relinquish to complete such a deal.

Also, medicals have scuttled many a deal. So those are far from inconsequential. All in all, though, the Mariners are extremely motivated to move Canó, and they have made significant progress on a deal that would land Robinson Canó and All-Star closer Edwin Díaz with the Mets.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 29, 2018

The New York Post’s Joel Sherman also chimed in Thursday, reporting the Mets don’t feel like they’re close to a trade for Diaz and/or Cano. But the Mets and Mariners are “definitely in discussion,” per Sherman, so perhaps it’s just a matter of time before Diaz and Cano head to the Big Apple.

#Mets do not currently feel like they are close to a deal for Cano/Diaz. Of course, things can change quickly, but as of this moment there is no agreement on financials or personnel that would be exchanged.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 29, 2018

#Mets believe #Mariners continue to go thru the exercise of deciding whether to trade Diaz for a haul by himself or if they feel like must attach Cano because it is the last best chance to move as much of the 5-$120M left as possible
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 29, 2018

#Mets are definitely in discussion with #Mariners and have held plenty of internal conversations about what they would be willing to do to get Diaz, including take a piece of Cano deal by offloading a few of their contracts such as Bruce and have Sea eat $.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 29, 2018

Here is what everyone I talk to says in some form on this issue: #Mariners badly want to move Cano, Dipoto is a deal maker and he is going to figure a way to do that, even if it means tying Diaz to him and making best of a bad situation. And #Mets are very interested.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 29, 2018

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Remember that trade talks often come down to leverage. #Mariners’ leverage is they have a desirable/controllable/inexpensive piece in Diaz. Suitors’ leverage: Sense that Sea is desperate to move Cano $, so why overpay for Diaz? Who blinks first? #Mets
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 29, 2018

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi confirmed Passan’s report, with a source telling him talks are “intensifying” between the Mets and Mariners.

Source: #Mariners trade talks intensifying, as @JeffPassan indicated this morning. Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the #Mets is a viable possibility, but Seattle remains in trade talks with multiple teams, especially on Diaz. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 29, 2018

A trade of Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the #Mets is not imminent, sources say, but is one possible outcome of the talks Jerry Dipoto and Brodie Van Wagenen are pursuing on multiple fronts with uncommon ardor.
Stay tuned, Baseball Twitter. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 29, 2018

Much of the deal could be centered around how much of Cano’s contract the Mets are willing to absorb, but they’ll likely need to include prospects in the trade, too. And The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that outfielder Jarred Kelenic and right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn are two names being tossed around.

Source: Two former first-round picks are among the #Mets prospects under discussion in talks with #Mariners for Cano-Diaz: OF Jarred Kelenic, 6th overall in 2018, and RHP Justin Dunn, 19th overall in ‘16. ”Significant momentum” in talks, per @JeffPassan.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 29, 2018

Fancred’s Jon Heyman has gathered similar information, adding even more fuel to the rumors that Diaz and Cano could play for the Mets in 2019.

Mets and mariners are having many talks on Cano. Word is, no deal is imminent. However, deal makes too much sense. M’s want to unload Cano. Mets want 2B, they like Cano and would love Diaz. Plus, Cano has full no trade and surely prefers NY.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 29, 2018

Cano and Diaz would go to mets in different proposals being discussed. M’s want prospects back and sources say top Mets prospects Kelenic, Dunn and David Peterson have been talked about @JeffPassan reported momentum toward deal @Ken_Rosenthal named 2 of those prospects
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 29, 2018