A disastrous debut season for the New York Mets has made relief pitcher Edwin Diaz a possible trade candidate this winter. Where could he land and who could the Mets get in return?
Just a few months ago, Brodie Van Wagenen and the New York Mets thought they had solved their bullpen issues for the foreseeable future. Adding the 2018 Reliever of the Year and MLB saves leader in Edwin Diaz, the Mets assumed they finally had a premier closer to add to their dangerous starting rotation.
However, as the 2019 MLB regular is coming to a close, the team finds themselves in the same position as last season. The Diaz experiment has gone worse than anyone could have imagined. The former All-Star is currently tied for the second most blown saves in baseball with seven.
Despite his 25 saves, he has posted an abysmal 5.77 ERA in his first season in New York. This underperformance has caused serious questions about the longer-term plan for the bullpen.
Just one year ago, Diaz as the centerpiece of a trade that saw top prospect Jarred Kelenic move to the Seattle Mariners. The Mets must now face the hard reality that selling low on the former star may be their best option.
While there are other paths the team could take to remedy this issue, for the sake of this article, let’s take a look at the Mets’ potential trade partners and what they could get back in return if they elected to cut ties with their turbulent reliever.
Due to their win-now mindset, the team would likely be much more interested in MLB ready talent a potential return. However, middle-tier minor leaguers may need to be included to make the trades even for each team.