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4 free agents who will be back next season and why

Aug 31, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts
Aug 31, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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3) NY Mets free agent who will be back next season: Edwin Diaz

Edwin Diaz is a guy who's completely transformed his reputation in a short timetable. Despite back to back solid seasons as the closer, I still was reading articles online saying the Mets should trade Edwin Diaz because he could not be trusted. Thankfully this did not happen.

After arriving in Flushing in 2019, Diaz had the worst introduction to Mets fans imaginable. He was blowing saves, pointing at home runs, and is a big reason why they didn't make the playoffs that season.

Since then, Diaz had been improving each season and is now better than ever. He has an elite warmup song and the fan base has fallen in love. He's had one of the best seasons a Mets reliever has ever had and is doing it while having a ton of fun.

Even with how good Jeurys Familia was in 2015 and 2016, I never felt nearly as comfortable with him closing games as I do with Edwin right now. Will he be as good in the future as he has been this year? Doubtful. But the Mets can't afford to let him walk.

Virtually the entire Mets bullpen with the exception of Drew Smith and Joely Rodriguez will be hitting free agency this offseason. Even with the potential of Edwin being the first $100 million dollar closer looming, Steve Cohen must bring him back and I believe he will.

The trumpets will be in Flushing for many years after this one.

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