In a new trade deadline twist for the New York Mets, relief pitcher Edwin Diaz is garnering significant interest.
According to Andy Martino of SNY, Diaz is drawing “heavy interest” and the chances of a trade involving the closer has grown. This is an unexpected development, to say the least.
The Mets traded for Diaz this past offseason with the hope that he could be the team’s closer for the foreseeable future. He’s been shaky thus far in a Mets uniform, posting a 4.81 ERA and 22 saves in 26 chances.
However, Diaz’s stuff has never been in question. He has a fastball that lives in the upper 90s and a sharp slider that keeps hitters off-balance.
Diaz came over in Brodie Van Wagenen‘s first groundbreaking move of his tenure as general manager. The Mets had to part ways with top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn. Furthermore, the Mets took on Robinson Cano‘s sizeable contract in the deal as well.
It would stand to reason that any team interested in Diaz would need to put together a package that blows the Mets away. The 25-year-old is under control through 2022 so he won’t be a rental for any team interested in acquiring him.
It’s still unclear what Mets will still be in Flushing on Aug. 1, but there’s no doubt that the Mets will be active.