Blue Jays reportedly interested in Mets closer Edwin Diaz

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 01: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on April 01, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 01: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on April 01, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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According to Mike Puma of The New York Post, the Blue Jays are at least somewhat interested in troubled Mets closer Edwin Diaz.

In a surprising murmur of trade speculation, the Blue Jays are apparently “on” New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz, per Mike Puma of The New York Post.

Puma adds that the Blue Jays could “flip [Diaz] for prospects” to the Atlanta Braves, one of the other teams reportedly eyeing Diaz.

Diaz, 25, was once considered one of baseball’s premier closers, thanks to a stellar 2018 season in which he saved a league-leading 57 games for the Seattle Mariners and pitched to an ERA of 1.96 in 73.1 innings, striking out a whopping 124.

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Unfortunately for him, a trade to the Mets this offseason didn’t exactly help his performance. In 43 games thus far, he’s pitched to an ERA of 4.81 in 39.1 frames. Still, he’s racked up 22 saves, good enough for sixth among National League relievers.

Recently, it was posited by Joel Sherman of The New York Post that the Mets could package both Diaz and starter Zack Wheeler at the deadline to maximize a potentially mammoth return.

Sherman relays that the Mets have “considered” 16 teams to be “serious” for either Diaz, Wheeler, or Noah Syndergaard.

Still, it’s difficult to imagine the Jays making a serious push for Diaz, considering they already have a closer of their own, whom they’ll likely look to trade at the deadline.

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While Puma’s flip-to-the-Braves scenario seems somewhat plausible, it appears a tad convoluted, at least at this point in time. More to come.

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