The New York Mets are reportedly discussing a trade with the Red Sox that involves veteran relief pitcher Edwin Diaz.
On Monday morning, the New York Mets were reported to be in trade talks with the Boston Red Sox regarding reliever Edwin Diaz. Mark Feinsand of mlb.com broke the news. If the Mets were to deal Diaz, it would be one of the bigger moves they’ve made prior to the MLB trade deadline.
Source: Red Sox will likely add a reliever (or two?) this week. They've talked to the Mets about Edwin Diaz, though as of now there's "nothing close."
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 29, 2019
Diaz has had a disappointing year thus far for the Mets. He’s currently holding a record of 1-6 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.450 WHIP. He has 61 strikeouts, 13 walks, and 23 saves through 44 games (40.0 innings pitched).
New York received then-Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman on Sunday. They sent over prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson to get the All-Star pitcher. The Mets also traded left-hander Jason Vargas to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. In return, they received AA catcher Austin Bossart. The Mets sent over cash to the Phillies in the deal as well.
If the Mets do trade Diaz, the moves may not be done there. Now that they have Stroman in the rotation, the Mets are more likely to trade right-hander Noah Syndergaard, per reports. Right-hander Zack Wheeler has also been in trade talks as well.
However, New York could be more likely to trade Syndergaard than Wheeler. Reports came out recently that the Mets may actually sign Wheeler to an extension. The veteran pitcher’s current contract expires at the end of this season.
If anything, the Mets should try to upgrade their bullpen prior to the 4 p.m. ET deadline on Wednesday. Their bullpen is ranked 28th in the majors with a combined 5.24 ERA.
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