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#pounditMonday, April 12, 2021

Report: Rival evaluators believe Mets will trade Edwin Diaz

Edwin Diaz

The next big name to move may be New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz, according to a report.

ESPN’s Buster Olney said Monday that many rival evaluators believe Diaz will be dealt by the Mets by Wednesday’s trade deadline, with the Boston Red Sox aggressively in pursuit.

After a dominant season in 2018 where he saved 57 games, Diaz has seen his ERA rise to 4.95 as he’s struggled with the Mets. He has a great track record and is under team control through 2022, so as long as teams are willing to pay for what he could be worth instead of trying to buy low, the Mets may be motivated to make a move. The asking price is said to be high, but a lot of teams are interested anyway.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, are in need of bullpen help and seem motivated to make a big deal. Diaz could very well be that move.

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