Edwin Diaz was one of the most, if not the most dominant, closer in the MLB this past season for the New York Mets. He was dominant in pretty much every outing and helped to save the Mets in many games this year. The question now becomes what do the Mets do this offseason after their disappointing elimination coming at the hands of the San Diego Padres. They have a lot of tough decisions to make, and one being what will happen to Edwin Diaz.
Will Diaz re-sign with the Mets or will he go elsewhere? For how much would someone sign Diaz for after his last few years were shaky, and then coming out here and looking like the best closer this year. I predict that Edwin Diaz will re-sign with the Mets for 5 years, $100 million.
Edwin Diaz had an amazing 2022 campaign. He ended the season with a 3-1 record, a 1.31 ERA and 118 strikeouts through 62 innings which is enough for a 17.1 K/9. He was also voted into the all-star game this year, his second nod of his career, and is certain to get some Cy Young votes as well. The Mets need a closer like that for years to come and Edwin Diaz is certainly that guy. Edwin Diaz, who is 28, is still young and is in his prime right now and the Mets cannot afford to let a guy like this walk to another contender. This is why the Mets need to make Edwin Diaz the first closer with a contract worth $100 million. He is worth all of it and they need to do it quick.
Edwin Diaz is a dominant closer the Mets do not want to let walk.
Edwin Diaz only has two pitches in his arsenal which some people might consider that to be concern since he doesn’t have many options. However, Diaz has a fastball that can hit anywhere from 98 or 99 to 102 mph. He also has a nasty slider that is in the low to mid 90s that has good movement just like his fastball. Diaz is a scary pitcher who can be a top closer in this league for years to come and any team would love to have him which is why the Mets need to be quick.
The New York Mets certainly don’t want to take too much time to sign Diaz and then he ends up leaving and they’ll have to look somewhere else for an answer. They have their closer for the next five plus years right in front of them. It should be an easy decision for them. Steve Cohen definitely has the money to keep Diaz around for as long as he wants, I believe it will be $100 million for five years which I still think is a fair deal and Diaz will take that as quick as he can.
Edwin Diaz has already said that he will take the best offer for his family and hopes the Mets reach out to him as quickly as possible. Thankfully, the Mets have said they plan on reaching out to Diaz before free agency starts. They both seem like they want to get a deal done, Diaz wants to come back, and the Mets have heavy interest in him. So, it only makes sense that Diaz will end up coming back to the Mets this offseason.