Edwin Diaz
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The New York Mets are reportedly willing to deal closer Edwin Diaz for a “home run” of a return prior to the deadline.

An update has come out of the New York Mets organization as the July 31 deadline quickly approaches.

Per Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Mets are willing to trade closer Edwin Diaz for a “home run” of a return.

Passan writes, “Yes, the Mets have been open to dealing Diaz, according to sources. This is not out of a desire to get rid of him but rather a desire not to potentially shut out avenues by which they can improve a moribund team. They’ll do it, but only if they hit a home run.

“The sort of home run, one executive said, that has them ‘asking for more than they gave up for him,’ referring to the offseason blockbuster in which the Mets acquired Diaz and Robinson Cano for Jarred Kelenic, now one of the top 20 prospects in baseball, and Justin Dunn, another top-100 talent.”

Per Anthony DiComo of mlb.com on Thursday, Diaz is just focusing on baseball, knowing the trade possibilities and rumors are out of his control.

Diaz has had a very disappointing 2019 campaign thus far for New York. He currently has a record of 1-6 with an ERA of 4.81 and a WHIP of 1.424. Diaz has struck out 61 and walked 13 through 42 appearances (39.1 innings pitched). He also has 22 saves on the year.

Diaz will be eligible for arbitration this winter for the 2020 season. He’s under team control through the 2022 season.

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