Something I don’t think too many people have thought about is the following winter’s class of baseball nomads. A group that includes the conclusion of some major league contracts and opt-outs, there are three notable guys reaching free agency for the first time.
Fast-forwarding about 14 months into the future, these three big name Mets have yet to establish themselves as long-term options. Quality at times, what does the future hold for them?
Mets closer Edwin Diaz is a free agent after 2022 and his value continues to fluctuate
One September, I went to my pediatrician. I was around 14 at the time. All I remember was him telling me that “most boys lose weight over the summer, you gained 20 pounds.”
What does this have to do with Edwin Diaz? My weight, like his value, was constantly fluctuating as a teenager. It’s a little more stable now but that’s because I got my act together and figured out what was wrong.
Diaz, on the other hand, hasn’t quite mastered his diet. His 2019 and 2020 seasons couldn’t have been more different. In 2021, he has been as dominant as he has been dangerous.
Overall numbers for Diaz in 2021 probably won’t look too good. What could this possibly mean for his first free agency contract after the 2022 season?
There’s a lot riding on how Diaz performs next year. Health isn’t really an issue like it is with so many other free agents. He has managed to stay on the field, much to the chagrin of some fans who enjoy booing him from the Citi Field grandstand.
With a closer like Diaz, I’m always hesitant to sign him to a long-term deal. Closers can fade fast and Diaz is definitely the type of pitcher that could flame out quickly.
Even the best closers seem to change uniforms often. Craig Kimbrel, Billy Wagner, Francisco Rodriguez, etc. were all constantly finding new homes. I do think Diaz has a few years left to be a closer. However, given the history closers have even in recent years, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Mets let him walk away.