The 10 best free agents in the National League East this offseason

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2) MLB free agent Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz

You never know with closers. When it comes to Mets reliever Edwin Diaz, the unknown is a bit less murky when we eliminate his 2019 campaign.

Diaz has become a New York fan favorite over the last two seasons and it’s going to help him in his free agent negotiations. Obviously someone the Mets should retain, he’ll be a coveted part of the free agent market. Any team with any desire to upgrade the back of their bullpen should at least take a look at one of the most exciting relievers in the game.

Because the spot in the bullpen is so specialized, we can quickly eliminate a lot of teams from contention. Those with a reliable enough closer are out already. Fortunately, for Diaz, many of the game’s best don’t have an answer. This year alone we’re seeing the Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and San Diego Padres question who should get their final three outs.

For Diaz, the best situation would be to return to the Mets. He has familiarized himself with the situation in Flushing. If his change from Seattle to New York was a cause of his 2019 destruction, he could be in for another meltdown for at least a year.