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MLB Rumors: Mets may ask for Andrew Benintendi in Edwin Diaz trade

MLB Rumors: Mets may ask for Andrew Benintendi in Edwin Diaz trade

As the Boston Red Sox pursue Edwin Diaz ahead of Wednesday's MLB trade deadline, they may have to consider parting with a core offensive player.

Speaking Tuesday morning on ESPN's "Get Up!", MLB reporter Buster Olney suggested the Mets are seeking an MLB-level player who can help them now in return for Diaz, their All-Star closer.

Olney mentioned the Red Sox as "a team to watch" in Diaz trade talks -- then dropped this interesting note:

I think the Red Sox, knowing the Mets are looking to add players who can help them in 2020, they may have to make a decision: Do we give up Andrew Benintendi, who is a true centerfielder, in a deal for Edwin Diaz? It'd be fascinating to see if the Mets were to get Benintendi and if the Red Sox can get Diaz.

Host Laura Rutledge (rightly) asked if the Red Sox really would trade Benintendi, one of their best young hitters and an expected cornerstone of their outfield for years to come.

"I don't know if they would," Olney responded, "but I think that's what the Mets' asking price is going to be."

Olney added the Red Sox have also discussed including center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in a deal for Diaz instead of Benintendi.

Boston reportedly is hesitant to move top prospects Tristan Casas and Bobby Dalbec but desperately needs a closer as it enters the stretch run with the worst save percentage in baseball. Diaz also is 25 years old and on a favorable contract ($607,425 in 2019).

Still, giving up Benintendi seems like too steep a price for the Red Sox unless he was part of a larger deal that included another Mets position player. The Sox may even be wary of dealing Bradley, who's hitting .231 this season but thrived in the 2018 postseason and is a Gold Glove defender.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has options -- MLB.com's Mark Feinsand recently floated Michael Chavis as a potential trade chip for Diaz -- so it's a matter of how much he and the Red Sox believe in Diaz as the piece that can solve their bullpen puzzle.

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Here's when to expect MLB's ruling in Red Sox sign-stealing investigation

Here's when to expect MLB's ruling in Red Sox sign-stealing investigation

It looks like the Boston Red Sox will have to wait even longer to hear the results of MLB's ongoing investigation into the 2018 team's alleged sign-stealing.

Commissioner Rob Manfred stated back on Feb. 16 he expected the investigation to conclude by the end of this week. On Tuesday, though, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported an announcement likely won't be made until early March.


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Of course, that means a ruling will come only a couple of days later than anticipated, but there's no doubt Sox fans are growing frustrated with the constant delays.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said Tuesday the league has concluded its interviews for the investigation.

“As of right now, we understand that the interviews that they were going to have and did have as well as the information they were gathering from beyond the player interviews has all happened,” Clark said, per The Boston Globe. “Now we’re just waiting for the decision itself.”

Multiple Red Sox players claim the 2018 team did nothing wrong and that there shouldn't be a punishment coming their way. If MLB does hand down punishments, the expectation is that they won't be severe.

Red Sox prospect quarantined amid coronavirus concerns

Red Sox prospect quarantined amid coronavirus concerns

The Boston Red Sox are playing it safe with one of their prospects during spring training. Not because of anything injury-related, but because of the coronavirus.

Taiwanese right-hander Chih-Jung Liu is being quarantined in a hotel room, as a team spokesman said the organization is using “an overabundance of caution" to guard against the virus, per The Boston Globe.

Liu, who arrived to the United States for his first spring training after being signed in October, provided an update on his status on his Facebook page. According to The Globe, the 20-year-old says he is "being delivered three meals a day, doing some weight training, and going for an occasional run." He's also spending his time online “watching information about the team” and reading.

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Taiwan currently has 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus to the United States' 57, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Liu flew from Taiwan to San Francisco prior to joining the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. for spring training.

Liu expects to come out of quarantine and finally join his teammates on Saturday.