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Mets reportedly open to trading Edwin Diaz

New York Mets

The New York Mets are exploring all avenues to better their situation, and that could include dealing their key offseason acquisition.

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Mets are open to discussing trades for closer Edwin Diaz, whom they acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Seattle Mariners during the offseason.

A deal for Diaz is unlikely for several reasons. According to Passan, the Mets are seeking more than the two top 100 prospects they gave up for him, and that will be a hard sell with Diaz having an underwhelming season. The closer has been inconsistent, posting a 4.81 ERA and diminishing his value from where it was when the Mets acquired him alongside Robinson Cano from Seattle.

An ex-teammate of Diaz openly wondered after one of his blown saves whether New York was just a poor fit for the closer. Perhaps a change of scenery would benefit the closer, but it doesn’t seem likely to happen before July 31.

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