Boston Red Sox
The recent dismissal of Dave Dombrowski leaves serious questions about the direction of the Boston Red Sox. Will the team elect to begin the process of a rebuild, or will they attempt to retool and keep their postseason aspirations alive? If they do choose to remain in win-now mode, a trade for a player like Diaz could help. Due to Boston’s dire luxury tax situation, a team-friendly contract like Diaz’s may be the only type of contract the team is able to add.
One of the biggest differences between the 2018 World Series Championship team and their disappointing 2019 campaign is the presence of a legitimate option at closer. The team has failed to fill their need at the position since they allowed Craig Kimbrel to walk away in free agency.
With the injury concerns surrounding superstar pitcher Chris Sale, the Sox may no longer be in a position to dominate with their starters. Now more than ever, they will need to be able to rely on their bullpen to take the pressure off of their other pitchers.
A player like Diaz, who poses a low-risk option, could be exactly what the club needs.
Edwin Diaz for Jackie Bradley Jr. The Mets should inquire about center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Like Kiermaier, Bradley fills the Mets most pressing need.
While it may take a bit additional components to complete the deal, the Sox may be willing to move on from his $8.5 million salary. Despite the high price the Mets paid for Diaz, the team should consider themselves fortunate if they are able to use him to acquire a long-term solution at center field.