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MLB Rumors: Who are Red Sox willing to trade for Mets' Edwin Diaz?

MLB Rumors: Who are Red Sox willing to trade for Mets' Edwin Diaz?

It's no longer a secret that the Boston Red Sox are interested in Edwin Diaz.

But acquiring the All-Star closer from the New York Mets may require some negotiating.

In his notebook for MLB.com on Monday night, Mark Feinsand reported the Red Sox have "already had conversations" with the Mets about Diaz ahead of Wednesday's MLB trade deadline. But Feinsand noted the Red Sox are hesitant to part with their top two prospects: infielder Triston Casas and third baseman Bobby Dalbec.

"The Red Sox have no plans to deal Triston Casas," Feinsand wrote, adding Dalbec "might be difficult to pry away."

That may be a sticking point for the Mets, who are in the market for third basemen and likely would demand Casas or Dalbec in trade talks, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

But Feinsand reported Boston is willing to deal any other of its prospects -- and also threw out another interesting name.

"The Mets would demand a big haul to trade Diaz, but Michael Chavis could be a good start to a potential package," Feinsand wrote.

Chavis is enjoying a strong rookie season with Boston -- 16 home runs and 55 RBIs through 83 games -- while platooning at second and first base. The 23-year-old has plenty of upside, but the Red Sox also don't have a permanent spot for him, and trading him for a proven closer like Diaz may be worth the price for president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

Diaz's contract also is a plus; the 25-year-old is making just $607,425 this season and is under team control for the next three seasons, and Boston will be more tempted to acquire him if it can stay under the $246 million luxury tax.

Either way, expect Dombrowski to be active over the next 30 hours: Feinsand adds the Red Sox are "expected" to add one or two relievers before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.

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MLB Rumors: Why Red Sox, Mets may have 'comfort level' in Edwin Diaz trade talks

MLB Rumors: Why Red Sox, Mets may have 'comfort level' in Edwin Diaz trade talks

Shortly after winning the 2018 World Series, the Boston Red Sox suffered their first loss of the offseason when longtime executive Allard Baird joined the New York Mets as an assistant general manager.

Eight months later, might there be a silver lining for Boston in Baird's departure?

The Red Sox reportedly are among the teams interested in Mets All-Star closer Edwin Diaz ahead of Wednesday's MLB trade deadline. For New York, it's a matter of what assets Boston can offer in return.

As the New York Post's Joel Sherman pointed out Monday, few front offices have a better understanding of those assets than the Mets, who plucked Baird and Jared Banner from the Red Sox last winter.

Prior to joining the Mets, Baird (a New Hampshire native) had been with the Red Sox since 2006, serving as vice president and director of professional scouting before rising to senior vice president of player personnel under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

Banner, a graduate of Amherst College in Mass., spent over a decade with the Red Sox and was the team's vice president of player personnel when the Mets hired him last December.

ESPN's Buster Olney recently suggested Boston would have to include either third base prospect Bobby Dalbec or 2018 first-round pick Triston Casas in a deal for Diaz. Baird and Banner should have a strong idea of what both prospects bring to the table -- as well as a familiarity with Dombrowski that may aid Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen if he's looking to deal with their former boss.

Baird and Banner aren't the only former Sox staffers in New York, either: Mets hitting coach Chili Davis (2015 to 2017) and first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr. (2016 to 2017) both spent time in Boston's organization recently, although they likely didn't have much contact with Dalbec, who spent 2016 and 2017 in Single-A.

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MLB rumors: Potential Red Sox trade target Marcus Stroman traded to the Mets

MLB rumors: Potential Red Sox trade target Marcus Stroman traded to the Mets

Cross a potential pitching target off the list for the Red Sox at this year's trade deadline. 

According to a report from Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays have agreed to trade Marcus Stroman to the Mets, pending the exchange of medical information. 

Stroman was named to his first All-Star game in 2019 and posted a 2.96 ERA with the Blue Jays over 21 starts and 124.2 innings. Stroman will join a Mets team 11.5 games back in the NL East and six games back in the NL Wild Card race. 

The Red Sox reportedly sent one of their top advisors to Stroman's start against the Tigers on July 19. While Stroman is out of the AL East for now, it does take one potential trade target for Boston off the board. 

The starting rotation's ERA ranks 17th in baseball, and if this weekend's series against the Yankees has taught us anything, it's that this lineup deserves help from the pitchers. 

Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard could be options to bolster the rotation while Kirby Yates and Daniel Hudson represent some possible upgrades in the bullpen. 

The MLB Trade Deadline is at 4 p.m. EST on July 31. 

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