Mid-March isn’t New York Mets rumors season, but a horrifying turn of events in the World Baseball Classic has prompted the team to start looking at other veteran relievers.
During the celebration of their victory over the Dominican Republic, Edwin Diaz suffered an apparent injury.
It wasn’t anything excessive and yet lady luck had it in for Diaz and the Mets. We’ll await further news on his status once he receives medical treatment. An obvious injury to the lower body, it’s a devastating early blow to this season.
Mets rumors are already flowing about a potential replacement
According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, the team was already considering other relief pitchers, specifically, Zack Britton.
Joining them in this latest round of Mets rumors are Will Harris and Corey Knebel. Knebel was the healthiest of the three last year but was shut down around midseason by the Philadelphia Phillies. He has been dealing with injuries for several years but is effective when on the mound.
The same hasn’t been quite the case for Britton, but given the limited number of frames he has tossed, it’s hard to have too many takeaways.
Harris is intriguing. He didn’t pitch at all in 2022. At a slightly more advanced point in his career than those two. Thoracic outlet syndrome is what claimed his 2022 season. A little over a month ago, he appeared to have retired from the game. The Mets will need to hope he doesn’t already have a month-long trip to Disney planned this April.
The Mets are fortunate to have the obvious replacement of David Robertson for the bullpen. A closer for much of last year, we should expect him and Adam Ottavino to begin the year shutting the door.
It cannot be understated how much of a loss Diaz is for the Mets. From the Rising Apple Slack channel, we had a lot to react with in very few words.
“Omg. Are we serious right now?”
“Can’t believe this”
“I’m done. Cancel this tournament.”
“This isn’t happening!!!!”