The Milwaukee Brewers are another team that were surprised by the struggles of a once-elite closer. Last season, Josh Hader was the most dangerous bullpen weapon in the sport. He finished the season with a 2.43 ERA and 143 strikeouts in just 81.1 innings pitched. He even finished 7th in NL Cy Young voting.
While Hader’s struggles have been nothing in comparison to Diaz, he has allowed 13 home runs and has been overworked due to a thin Milwaukee roster.
A team like the Brewers would be the ideal candidate for a Diaz trade because they wouldn’t necessarily need him to rediscover his best form. Even if he could correct his issues this season and become a slightly above average MLB reliever, it would provide Milwaukee the depth they desperately need.
Hader’s best season came when he was used in the biggest moment of the latter innings. If the team were able to rehabilitate Diaz, if my also open the door for manager Craig Counsell to resume using Hader in the most ideal situation rather than as an everyday closer.
Travis Shaw for Edwin Diaz. This would be a swap of players who suffered a disastrous 2019. The hope would be that a change of scenery would help Shaw recapture his 32+ home run form as he served as a younger, more versatile version of Todd Frazier.
Even considering the poor season by Diaz, the Mets would likely require noteworthy prospect compensation to consider this deal. Shaw for Diaz is just the beginning of a possible deal these two teams could make.
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