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Mets: Edwin Diaz’s best and worst case scenarios for 2019

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PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 21: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 21: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 11: Edwin Diaz #39 of the Seattle Mariners walks off the field after getting the final out in the top of the ninth inning, but having given up the go ahead run at Safeco Field on September 11, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

Worst Case Scenario

The worst-case scenario for Diaz is that injury concerns resurface for the young righty and derail his season.

After the Mets acquired Diaz it was revealed that Diaz has a bone spur in his right elbow. Not exactly what you want to hear when you pick up a hard-throwing reliever who is a max effort kind of guy. However, Diaz has insisted it has not been a problem yet over the course of his career

Well, it becomes a problem in 2019 that is bad news for the Mets. The Mets have been the favorite prey for the injury bug almost every season as it finds new victims every year. Although pitchers tend to pitch through bone spurs, the Mets cannot afford for Diaz to be sidelined for an extended amount of time.

There is just too much on the line for the Mets to lose a key piece to their 2019 bullpen. The Mets made many moves in the offseason to address the lack of bullpen depth, and you can still argue that they still have a lack of depth behind the frontline options. If the Mets want to be on top of what should be a competitive NL East they need all hands on deck.

Also, it would not look good for the Mets if Diaz ends up with a major injury when they gave up two highly touted prospects for him in the trade. The team will never hear the end of it if Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn go on to have solid 2019’s and beyond while the main offseason acquisition sits on the shelf.

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The worst case scenario is we have to put the arm of Diaz in bubble wrap to prevent it from being in a cast.

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