According to Mike Puma of The New York Post, the Blue Jays are at least somewhat interested in troubled Mets closer Edwin Diaz.
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.
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.
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.