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MLB Rumors: Red Sox 'not overly impressed' with Edwin Diaz amid struggles

MLB Rumors: Red Sox 'not overly impressed' with Edwin Diaz amid struggles

The New York Mets reportedly want a substantial haul for Edwin Diaz if they deal him before Wedneday's MLB trade deadline.

But the All-Star closer isn't helping their cause.

Diaz blew his fifth save of the season Tuesday night on the eve of the deadline, allowing one run while walking two and hitting a batter. After coughing up runs in consecutive outings, his ERA now sits at 5.05.

And the Boston Red Sox, one of the teams reportedly interested in Diaz, is starting to wonder if the 25-year-old is worth the cost, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Diaz had a stellar 2018 campaign with the Seattle Mariners, tallying an MLB-best 57 saves along with a 1.97 ERA. But he's been a disaster in New York this season, entering Wednesday with an ugly 1.463 WHIP and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.20, nearly half of his 2018 total.

Reports earlier this week suggested the Red Sox would have to part with top prospects Tristan Casas or Bobby Dalbec or even starting outfielder Andrew Benintendi to acquire Diaz, who's on a cheap contract with team control through 2022.

But it appears Boston is having second thoughts on whether it would even want Diaz in the first place.

It was reported Tuesday that president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and his staff are targeting "lesser" bullpen names than Diaz for a cheaper price, so the Mets' volatile closer seems to be off their radar as 4 p.m. ET draws near.

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MLB trade rumors: Red Sox reportedly targeting Diamondbacks lefty reliever Andrew Chafin

MLB trade rumors: Red Sox reportedly targeting Diamondbacks lefty reliever Andrew Chafin

The Red Sox' search for bullpen help, which may or may not have them linked to Mets closer Edwin Diaz, could end up with a much lower-cost and lower-profile option, lefty Andrew Chafin of the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a report from Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal.

Chafin, 29, was one of several relievers mentioned as Sox possibilities by NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider John Tomase.

The first-round pick (43rd overall) in 2011 has been a part of the D'Backs bullpen since 2015. He's 0-2 with a 4.21 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings this season. He's been effective against lefties throughout his career (holding them to a .219 batting average) but has also held righties to a .244 average.  His contract runs through the end of next season, isn't likely to cost any major league talent or top prospects and his prorated $1.95 million salary for the final two months of the season is certainly a lower cost option than other relievers.

 

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MLB trade deadline 2019: Seven bold predictions for major moves

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MLB trade deadline 2019: Seven bold predictions for major moves

From an inter-city blockbuster to a shrewd move for a top-tier closer, we predict the biggest moves that could happen between now and the July 31 MLB trade deadline.