Mets trade deadline rumors they could revisit this offseason
New York Mets Closer Edwin Diaz
Let’s face it Edwin Diaz has not resembled a fraction of the closer that the Mets thought they were receiving from the infamous Seattle Mariners trade back in 2018. While many Mets fans currently are unable to see any sort of upside with Diaz remaining with the team, other teams around the league are still very intrigued by the potential Diaz possesses.
There were reports on the afternoon of the Trade Deadline that the Mets were receiving calls on the 26-year old reliever but no trade would ultimately come to fruition. If the Mets were to deal Diaz during the Trade Deadline you would expect the Mets to be selling low on a pitcher that they mortgaged their future for. That future was one of the top prospects in all of baseball in Jarred Kelenic and right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn.
The Mets would not receive even close to the type of return they gave up for Diaz in the first place if they ended up making a deal on deadline day. However Diaz’s numbers, besides his inability to close a game, seem to have bounced back this season. Diaz’s average fastball velocity this season is a career-best at 98.3 MPH, and his stuff overall has appeared more electric than it did last season with a 47% strikeout rate.
This is where things could potentially get interesting. Any team that would want to acquire Diaz would still have two years of control and if Diaz can have a final strong month of the season, he could be a prime candidate to be moved. If the Mets don’t feel that the return is solid enough for Diaz, they could easily pair another young controllable player like Amed Rosario or Brandon Nimmo to increase the amount of return they receive. Or they could simply hold on to Diaz for another season and give it one more go.
With the Mets acquiring another young controllable arm in Miguel Castro, the Mets may have options this offseason, especially if Castro thrives in the high-leverage situations he is put in over the final month of the season. However with as one-sided, as this trade has looked for the Mets I simply don’t see them pulling the trigger unless they are overwhelmed by an offer this offseason.